The New Psychology of Success

The latest issue of Stanford Magazine features an intriguing article worth a little bit of your time. Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford, has spent much of her career looking at the psychological underpinnings of success, and her research has pointed to one broad conclusion: Those who believe their intelligence is fixed — who think they’ve either got it or they don’t — tend to have difficulty overcoming adversity and reaching their full potential, whereas those who see their intelligence and ability as fluid, as being the by-product of effort, end up being more resilient and better able to excel. And this applies just as much to young students in school as to adults in the workplace, or anywhere else. That’s just a quick summary, and there’s obviously a bit more to it. Click here to dig a bit deeper. Or check out Dweck’s new book called Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

Separately, you can listen in here on a podcast interview with Dweck and her thoughts on the pscyhology of success.

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