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#8 You are not special and you are not smart

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#8 You are not special and you are not smart

You are not special and you are not smart! In this episode we talk about why you shouldn’t tell your kids that they’re special, the growth mindset, systems vs goals, surrounding yourself with good people, the power of an early morning dip, how greed is actually a good thing and the end of history fallacy!

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  • What is Confirmation Bias? (article)
    • Confirmation bias occurs from the direct influence of desire on beliefs.
      • You want something to be true so badly that you make yourself believe it instead of trying to prove that it is wrong.
  • Should We tell our children they’re special? (article)
  • Common Logical Fallacies (article)
  • Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams (video)
  • The Secret to Raising Smart Kids (article)
    • “… more than three decades of research shows that an overemphasis on intellect or talent—and the implication that such traits are innate and fixed—leaves people vulnerable to failure, fearful of challenges and unmotivated to learn.”
    • “This belief also makes them see challenges, mistakes and even the need to exert effort as threats to their ego rather than as opportunities to improve. And it causes them to lose confidence and motivation when the work is no longer easy for them.”
    • “The students who held a fixed mind-set, however, were concerned about looking smart with less regard for learning. They had negative views of effort, believing that having to work hard at something was a sign of low ability. They thought that a person with talent or intelligence did not need to work hard to do well. ”
    • “And yet research is converging on the conclusion that great accomplishment, and even what we call genius, is typically the result of years of passion and dedication and not something that flows naturally from a gift. Mozart, Edison, Curie, Darwin and Cézanne were not simply born with talent; they cultivated it through tremendous and sustained effort. Similarly, hard work and discipline contribute more to school achievement than IQ does.”
  • The Psychology of Success: Praising People for Effort vs. Ability (article)
  • https://blog.beeminder.com/systems/
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