Entity vs Incremental Intelligence

What you believe about intelligence has a huge impact on how you deal with failure.

Turns out that if you believe intelligence evolves with hard work, you’re more likely to have a desire to learn. You’ll persist in the face of failure, embrace challenges and listen to criticism. This is called incremental intelligence.

By believing that intelligence is fixed and unchangeable, you’re more likely to have a desire to look smart. You’ll avoid challenges, give up quickly, see effort as useless and ignore feedback. This is called entity intelligence.

Doesn’t incremental intelligence sound a lot like what every successful person says in an interview? That’s because those that hold this view are more resilient.

It’s your civic duty to adopt the incremental theory and share it liberally. Praise yourself, your loved ones and colleagues on their effort. Entrust in them the importance of hard work so they can develop perseverance. Your creative voice and theirs is needed.