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Attitude is more important than IQ, says new Stanford research


“Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill,” said Charles R. Swindoll.

This is just one of the many quotes about the importance of having the right attitude. Who would have thought that such importance would be backed by a research someday?

According to a new research from Stanford University, a person’s attitude is a better predictor of his success than his IQ. Psychologist Carol Dweck found that people’s core attitudes fall into one of two categories: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.

A “fixed mindset” means you believe you are who you are and you cannot change. The problem, however, is that, because anything that appears to be more than you can handle is bound to make you feel hopeless and overwhelmed.

On the other hand, people with a “growth mindset” believe that they can improve with effort. They outperform those with a fixed mindset, even when they have a lower IQ.

Dweck noted that success in life is all about how you deal with failure; describing the approach to failure of people with the growth mindset this way.

“Failure is information—we label it failure, but it’s more like, ‘This didn’t work, and I’m a problem solver, so I’ll try something else,” she noted.


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