Carol Dweck on 3 things for true success

Telling children they're smart makes them believe "smart" is either something they have or don't have and so squelches motivation, says Stanford University psychologist and Mindset author Carol Dweck. Instead, explain to kids that if they're doing these three things, they are on the right track.

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“Well, if that were my child, I’d say, smart isn’t a thing that you have or don’t have. Smart is something you become over time. You become smart and smarter by working hard, sticking to things, persevering in the face of obstacles. And if they still say, but really am I smart? I’d say, well if you do those things, if you take on hard tasks, you stick to them, you persevere in the face of obstacles, yes that’s smart.”


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