Thanks to StumbleUpon, I came across on article on Psychology Today entitled “What to Tell Kids After Failures and Mistakes.” The Author, Salmansohn, describes some recent research conducted by Dr. Carol Dweck, who advocates an “Incremental theory” of learning.
Incremental Theorists believe that success is achieved through putting in the necessary hard work. According to Dr. Dweck, a big key to a successful life is to embrace being an “Incremental Theorist” – so when failure or disappointments occur, you are ready to overcome them.
This quote from the article is powerful:
Discipline, effort, patience and courage are hugely important core values for kids to grow up embracing.
They are also hugely important core values for adults to maintain, too. I think we can easily simplify that message and state that Discipline, effort, patience and courage are hugely important core values. Period. It doesn’t matter if you’re a grown up or just look like one, either.
Consider all of the writings on change management, personal improvement, operational excellence, or just about anything else I’ve ever discussed in this blog. Every school of thought regarding those issues relies on some combination of exactly those same 4 principles: Discipline, effort, patience and courage.
Eric Ries’ Lean Startup movement seems to embrace these concepts most closely. To successfully launch, you have to have a plan, work your plan, stick to the plan, but be willing to make the courageous decision to pivot when called for. That dynamic applies to many facets of both work and life far from the startup environment, too.
Since there is always overlap of concepts and even repackaging of old one, I’ll go ahead and assume that the practices advocated by the Incremental Theorists aren’t anything entirely new. Nonetheless, the depiction of the characteristics necessary to overcome adversity is simple, powerful, and entirely consistent with the best practices for both business and personal development (and isn’t it funny just how much those 2 things go hand in hand?).