After your child receives an A on a test, which is better: to praise their intelligence and talent, or to praise them for working hard to get the grade? It seems intuitive to praise a child for his or her intelligence, but this is actually the wrong choice in most situations. In the long term, it’s far better to praise your child for studying and preparing for the test, versus being inherently intelligent.
How does this apply to success and your life? Well the same idea holds true for you. When you get a promotion, hit a fitness goal, or enjoy some other form of success, it’s a better idea to praise yourself for your hard work and dedication, versus your natural talent or “awesomeness”. To discover why, you’ll need to read Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Needless to say, this remarkably well reviewed book will be well worth the effort.
Learn More: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck