Power checklist: Are you doing these five things to be the best?
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
1.) Realize it's not about natural talent. It's about hard work.
We all know intelligence is important, creativity is important… but how much do these types of natural talent control really what you can achieve in life?
In ~95 percent of cases, they don't.
"After 40 years of intensive research on school learning in the United States as well as abroad, my major conclusion is: What any person in the world can learn, almost all persons can learn, if provided with the appropriate prior and current conditions of learning." He's not counting the 2 to 3 percent of children who have severe impairments, and he's not counting the top 1 to 2 percent of children at the other extreme… He is counting everybody else.
5.) The best goal is merely to "get better."
When challenged, focus on "getting better" — not doing well or looking good. Get-better goals increase motivation, make tasks more interesting, and replenish energy.
Get-better goals, on the other hand, are practically bulletproof. When we think about what we are doing in terms of learning and mastering, accepting that we may make some mistakes along the way, we stay motivated despite the setbacks that might occur… The amazing thing was that the people who were pursuing get-better goals (i.e., who saw the test as an opportunity to learn a new problem-solving skill) were completely unaffected by any of our dirty tricks. No matter how hard we made it, these participants stayed motivated and did well.