This Mindset Matters as Much as Intelligence and Grit for Success

This Mindset Matters as Much as Intelligence and Grit for Success

via Inc,com by Jessica Stillman

Will intelligence help you get ahead in life? Sure. Will determination help you reach your goals? Absolutely. But, as we all know, it’s possible to be both smart and gritty and still end up banging your head against a wall of failureyear after year. So how do people keep going? A new study says the answer is a strategic mindset. 

The mindset all successful people have in common 

The study, which was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academic of Sciences and highlighted on BBC Worklife, identified “the strategic mindset” as the key difference between those who succeed in reaching all their goals and those who fail. As the BBC’s David Robson explains, this mindset essentially comes down to what researchers call “metacognition.”

The name is a little unclear, but metacognition itself is actually straightforward. It’s the practice of thinking about your thinking, for example by reflecting on the flaws in your process and actively searching out more effective strategies. It’s the opposite of plugging along head down on a fixed course relying on sheer will to plow¬†through all obstacles…

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