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Praise them for their effort!

If you’re raising kids, then you may be surprised to discover that praise for intelligence can undermine children’s motivation and performance.
Essentially praise for effort is a better bet (I can see you trying hard), and encourages people to try harder. But telling them they’re smart seems to be counter-productive. Kids who are praised for intelligence choose easier challenges, and even lie more.
I have an inkling that this may carry over into the real world of work too – are you praising your employees for their effort, their results, or “who they are” when they do well?

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