Utkarsh Sengar

Software, Growth @upwork, ex-@OpenTable, @ebay, @RedLaserApp, build side projects at thearea42.com, life long learner, always up to something, 🚀

An interesting read about fixed intelligence and incremental intelligence covering one of the aspects, which is effort.

“Effort is one of the things that gives meaning to life. Effort means you care about something, that something is important to you and you are willing to work for it.”

6. The Meaning of Effort
Fixed Entity Intelligence: In fixed intelligence making a lot of effort or struggling means your dumb. Its only the winners who feel smart, and only if they didn’t have to work to hard to win.

This is sad because students may never come to value effort. Effort gives meaning to life. It means you care about something, that it is important, and you are willing to work for it.

Incremental/Maleable: In Incremental intelligence effort is what turns on peoples intelligence and allows them to use it to their full advantage. + it can foster a more collaborative atmosphere among students because everyone can feel smart by applying their intellectual abilities to the problems they face.

Source: Carol Dwek- Growth Mindsets and Motivation