How Attitude Competes with IQ to Help Us Succeed
By Sandy Schroeder
We all know IQ is a key factor in innovation in a fast-paced world, but one psychologist wants us to know why attitude counts, too.
Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, a service agency that services 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies, recently featured Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck as she explained what attitude does.
Drawing from many years of research, Dr. Dweck says attitude can be a stronger indicator of success than IQ.
Positive vs. Negative Mindsets
Mindset is the real issue. Dweck says people either have fixed or growth mindsets. If they believe they can change, they have a growth mindset. If they believe they are what they are and change is not possible, they have a fixed mindset, which can be fairly overwhelming in a competitive world.
People with growth mindsets step up when they are faced with challenges. Instead of stopping, they look for ways to turn things around.
How Failure Affects Us, Or Not
Success hinges on how we see failure, Dweck says: “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.’”
For growth-oriented people, failure is a box of puzzle pieces. They just need to make the pieces fit.
Here are some ways to be a positive puzzle solver.
Don’t let failure win – Many of those considered legends, such as Walt Disney or Steven Spielberg, faced many rejections before they triumphed. People who believe life can change rebound from failure and learn from criticism as they move ahead.
Draw on your spirit – People who find the best answers get fired up over their work. Their passion gives them a winning drive with lasting power.
Anticipate success – Not every project will be a winner, but people with positive attitudes keep looking for new results. They learn from each result and shape their projects accordingly.
Innovate – As results come in, examine them and adapt as you go. No one has all of the right answers in the beginning, but the more they work on a project and innovate the better their chances become.
Keep moving – Fear or anxiety can shut people down, but taking action keeps the ball in play.The best way to succeed is to turn worry into focused action. The more you move the better you will feel.
Back up your efforts – When you are in the game, keep playing and pushing. That’s how we achieve the most, by continuing to push for a little more. As you look back at the history of a project, you may surprise yourself with your progress. All of those positive steps worked together to help you succeed.
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