EFFORT

HOW MUCH OF A ROLE DOES OUR EFFORT PLAY IN OUR SUCCESS?  WE HAVE ALL HEARD THE SAYING, “YOU GAVE IT YOUR BEST EFFORT” WHEN WE DON’T SUCCEED AND THIS EFFORT WE PUT INTO SOMETHING APPARENTLY IN THESE CASES EFFORT PLAYED LITTLE OR NO ROLE.  OR DID IT?   

I FOUND AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN STANFORD MAGAZINE THAT ADDRESSES EFFORT FROM A SCIENTIFIC STANDPOINT. CAROL DWECK HAS BEEN STUDYING. THE EFFECTS OF EFFORT WITH AN OUTCOME MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO DID NOT VAlUE EFFORT.  THERE ARE TWO MINDSETS WHEN WE LOOK AT EFFORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT AS TOOLS VALUABLE IN IMPROVING INTELLIGENCE.  A STUDENT WITH A “FIXED MINDSET” GAVE UP EASIER ASSUMING THEIR INTELLIGENCE COULD NOT BE CHALLENGED. 

THE FIRST MINDSET WAS DETERMINISTIC VIEW OF THE WORLD.  THE OTHER MINDSET LOOKED AT PROBLEMS AS CHALLENGES.  DWECK ACTUALLY SHOWED THAT THOSE STUDENTS WITH CONFIDENCE AND POTENTIAL OFTEN DID BETTER AT ACHIEVING SOMETHING.  THESE STUDENTS PUT OUT MORE EFFORT, WERE NOT THREATENED BY STUDENTS WITH A NATURAL APTITUDE.  INSTEAD, THESE STUDENTS FOCUSED ON LEARNING FROM THOSE STUDENTS WITH A NATURAL GIFT. 

THIS STUDY SHOWED THAT MANY OF THE STUDENTS WITH NATURAL APTITUDE GAVE UP TOO SOON IF THEY DIDN’T ACHIEVE WHAT THEY WERE STRIVING FOR.  ALSO, THE STUDENTS WITH JUST POTENTIAL WERE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THEIR TEACHER’S ATTITUDES AND THOSE STUDENTS WITH TEACHERS WHO ENCOURAGED A STUDENT TO GET BACK UP AFTER A LOSS AND FIGURE OUT A NEW AVENUE TOWARDS SUCCESS HAD MANY MORE HIGHLY ACHIEVING STUDENTS.  EFFORT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN DETERMINING SUCCESS IF THE EFFORT WAS COMBINED WITH ENCOURAGED POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE. 

THESE STUDIES DUG FAR DEEPER OVER YEARS AND YEARS OF SOLID RESEARCH THAT DWECK DID AND MANY PSYCHOLOGISTS AND TEACHERS ARE ADOPTING THE KNOWLEDGE GAINED FROM DWECK’S STUDIES.  WHEN I LOOK AT EFFORT PERSONALLY, I KNOW FOR A FACT A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE HAS GREAT EFFECTS ON MY SUCCESS WHEN ADDING EFFORT TO THE MIX.  LET US TAKE A LOOK AT THE MEANING OF EFFORT IN OUR WEBSTER DICTIONARY AND OUR DAILY WISDOM WORD DEFINITION. 

WEBSTER DEFINITION OF EFFORT-1.  A VIGOROUS OR DETERMINED ATTEMPT.  2.  THE RESULT OF AN ATTEMPT.  3.  STRENUOUS PHYSICAL OR MENTAL EXERTION. 

DAILY WISDOM WORD MEANING OF EFFORT-1.  THE USE OF WILL AND PURPOSE APPLIED IN A TASK DIRECTED AT SUCCEEDING.  EFFORT IS WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD.  I SEE IT IN MY PARTNER AND THE EFFORT HE APPLIES.  WHEN SOMETHING DOES GO WRONG, HE VIEWS IT AS A CHALLENGE AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW.  EFFORT PLAYS A HUGE PART IN HIS SUCCESS.  THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING ABOUT EFFORT TODAY.  SAMANTHA

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