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  • what distinguishes experts from non-experts is engaging in what he calls deliberate practice
  • it needs to be a kind of practice where you receive “immediate informative feedback and knowledge of results.”6
  • The trick is to set yourself lots of small challenges along the way.

  • We hate hearing bad news about ourselves so much that we’d rather change our behavior than just admit we screwed up.2
  • The real trick is not to get better at fighting — it’s to get better at stopping ourselves: at taking a deep breath, calming down, and letting our better natures take over from our worst instincts.
  • When we screw up, it’s for a reason. When other people screw up, it’s because they’re screwups.

  • In the growth mindset, success comes from growing. Effort is what it’s all about — it’s what makes you grow. When you get good at something, you put it aside and look for something harder so that you can keep growing.


    Fixed-mindset people feel smart when they don’t make mistakes, growth-mindset people feel smart when they struggle with something for a long time and then finally figure it out. Fixies try to blame the world when things go bad, growthers look to see what they can change about themselves. Fixies are afraid to try hard — because if they fail, it means they’re a failure. Growthers are afraid of not trying.

  • Even small interventions — like telling students they were doing well because they tried hard, rather than because they were smart — had huge effects. With more work, she could change totally fixed-mindset people into fervent growth-mindset ones.

  • Life isn’t a high school exam; you don’t have to solve your problems on your own.
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