Focus on progress rather than achievements leads to greater success and happiness
A focus on attaining specific results, whether landing a particular job, losing 10 pounds, or earning a specific grade, often leads to anxiety.
If you aim for a growth frame of mind instead, you’ll make gradual but steady progress in your abilities. Research shows that even in the face of roadblocks and setbacks, having a growth mindset leads to greater success than results-oriented perspectives that give in to disillusionment the moment we come up short.
Effort and evolution matter more than perfect execution.
Focus is saying no to 1,000 good ideas.
…I think everybody should get rich and famous, and do everything they ever dreamed of, so they can see that it’s not the answer…
No one was as rich as they were, precisely because they owned nothing and did not want more.
[About Angela Duckworth - American academic, psychologist - experiment]
Duckworth finds it useful to divide the mechanics of achievement into two separate dimensions: motivation and volition. Each one, she says, is necessary to achieve long-term goals, but neither is sufficient alone. Most of us are familiar with the experience of possessing motivation but lacking volition: You can be extremely motivated to lose weight, for example, but unless you have the volition— the willpower, the self-control— to put down the cherry Danish and pick up the free weights, you’re not going to succeed.
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