Carol Dweck [ Google Talk ] In the 1990s the self esteem movement took over the world. We were told to tell everyone how fabulous, brilliant, talented, special they were all the time. This was going to motivate them and boost their achievement. Instead, as you said, it was a complete disaster. It led to the acceptance of mediocrity. It didn’t challenge people
Thomas M. Sterner [ Philly NewTech ] Developing Focus and Discipline – Master Any Skill or Challenge by Learning to Love the Process. Activities such as painting, learning music or gaining proficiency in any sport is a skill. But moving through a challenging time such as losing a job, dealing with a difficult colleague at work or managing the hurdles of growing a
Ellen Langer [ Harvard University ] What I want you to do is play along with me, then you’ll get a better sense of what I’m going to try to show you. So the first thing is: “what is this?” Those of you who don’t see the cow, don’t worry – the others only see it because somebody previously told it to them.
Daniel Coyle [TEDxSitka ] For the last five years I’ve been visiting talent hotbeds – little places that produce statistically impossible numbers of talented performers, in sports, art, music and math and business. Places where talent blooms, like a little tennis club outside Moscow. It’s called Spartak — pretty much an average tennis club and then it produced more top 20 women players