Read this Text if you are looking for Success
“The more you believe in your own ability to succeed, the greater the chances of achieving that success.” This may sound like a purely motivational bullshit (and, in fact, the idea has indeed been publicized by some unreliable sources over the years). But the past few decades have witnessed an explosion of serious and rigorous scientific studies supporting this concept.
Studies show that the simple belief that it is possible to promote positive change in our lives increases motivation and improves job performance and that success, in essence, turns into a prophecy that inevitably ends up being realized.
It is striking to see that belief in one’s own ability was an even more accurate predictor of job performance than the skill level or training of professionals. And, most importantly, our beliefs about our ability not forever. It is almost always changing.
In a study conducted by Margare Shih and colleagues at Harvard, a group of Asian women received similar mathematical tests on two separate occasions. The first time, they were stopped to think about the fact that they were women and, according to worse stereotypes in mathematics than men. The second time, they were asked to focus on their identity as Asians, an ethnicity generally considered to be skilled in mathematics compared to other ethnic groups.
“The result, women performed much better the second time than the first. THE IQ. mathematics of these women has not changed and the difficulty of the questions has also been kept unchanged. But on the second occasion, they were likely to believe more in their ability, and that was enough to make a substantial difference in performance.”
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Text extracted from the book “Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles That Fuel Success and Performance at Work”, by Shawn Achor, professor at Harvard’s most popular course.