Dweck’s research was recently the subject of a great deal of interest after it was discussed in a widely read New York Magazine article on the sometimes paradoxical effects of praising children in certain ways.
In the Stanford Magazine article, Dweck discusses how her findings have been applied to achievement in general, and how we attribute or give credit for success has a significant impact on our future successes.
A 60-year-old academic psychologist might seem an unlikely sports motivation guru. But Dweck’s expertise ‚Äî and her recent book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success ‚Äî bear directly on the sort of problem facing the Rovers. Through more than three decades of systematic research, she has been figuring out answers to why some people achieve their potential while equally talented others don’t ‚Äî why some become Muhammad Ali and others Mike Tyson. The key, she found, isn’t ability; it’s whether you look at ability as something inherent that needs to be demonstrated or as something that can be developed.