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September 25, 2016

Showing a Good Attitude Trumps a Good IQ?

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Showing a Good Attitude Trumps a Good IQ?

Your attitude is a better predictor of your success in life than your IQ, according to new research by psychologist Carol Dweck from Stanford University that looked at attitude and performance.

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In general, a person’s core attitude falls within two categories: A fixed mindset or a growth mindset, Dweck notes. Those with fixed mindsets believe attitudes are set in stone, and that you are who you are and you’re unable to change your attitude. This attitude can make you feel hopeless and overwhelmed when you’re challenged, she says.

On the other hand, those with a “growth mindset” believe they can take action to improve their attitudes with enough effort. They tend to outperform those with a fixed mindset – even if they have a lower IQ, Dweck says. She adds that is most likely because those with growth mindsets embrace challenges and treat challenges as opportunities to learn something new.

“Common sense would suggest that having ability, like being smart, inspires confidence. It does, but only while the going is easy,” Forbes.com reports on the study’s findings. “The deciding factor in life is how you handle setbacks and challenges. People with a growth mindset welcome setbacks with open arms.”

The critical point measuring success in life is also how you handle failures, Dweck says.

For those with the growth mindset, “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,’” Dweck says.

Visit Forbes.com for strategies on how to change your attitude and embrace a “growth mindset.”

Source: “Why Attitude Is More Important Than IQ,” Forbes.com (Jan. 19, 2016)