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Success The Psychology of Achievement by Deborah Olson

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Active and ambitious people often have more than one aspiration, and sometimes these can conflict with each other. What’s the solution when it comes to deciding which options to choose?

You’d think everyone would have the same attitude toward personal ability, but in fact studies suggest that there are two opposing sets of beliefs at play:

The entity theory: the idea that our talents and competence are pretty much fixed. Some people are born good at things, others are not, and our abilities are just part of who we are.

The incremental theory: what we are capable of doing is something we can change and develop.

What these theories refer ...

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