When somebody performs in an exceptional way, you might exclaim, "What talent!" But if you refer to the expertise as “talent,” you lose sight of the hard work it took that person to reach such a high level of achievement. You might mistakenly believe an innate ability caused their success. Knowing the 10,000-Hour Rule can free you from the myth of talent.
Practice doesn't necessarily make perfect, but it is impossible to get better without it, and when it comes to activities such as music and sports, a lack of practice can be the Achilles heel of a young artist or athlete.
My friend, Amy, is a genius. Most conversations with her usually end up with me desperately playing catch up as she deftly deals me one cool information after the other.
Just last week, Amy opened a conversation about how Bitcoin is revolutionizing currency as we know it. Seeing my blank face, she drew parallels to the intricate contours in Michelangelo's twin frescoes and how they changed...
We tend to separate success and failure into two separate categories, but actually they are very much intertwined. When you look deeper into stories of fantastic success, you often find stories of earlier hardship and privation.
Fear is… really scary, actually. Research shows being afraid you’re going to lose your job can be worse than actually losing your job: “…perceived job insecurity ranks as one of the most important factors in employees’ well-being and can be even...
There's a long-standing myth that, in order to master a skill, all it takes is roughly 10,000 hours of practice. The idea was first popularised in Malcolm Gladwell 's 2008 book Outliers , based on a study of musicians by psychologist K. Anders...
In the late 1960s, a hot topic in animal research was “learned helplessness”: lab animals sometimes didn’t do what they were capable of because they’d given up from repeat failures. Dweck wondered how humans coped with that. “I asked, ‘What makes a really capable child give up in the face of failure, where other children may be motivated by the failure?’” she recalls
Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve.
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