Welcome to The Science Behind Success -- a new blog series that explores the best ways to help our brains perform better at work. With psychological research and interviews with leaders in the field, we're showing you how psychology can help you overcome workplace obstacles and excel in your career. Because a little mindset change could go a long way.
When you take a look at the major champions of any industry -- including sports (LeBron James), music (Taylor Swift), or technology (Elon Musk) -- you might have one of two thoughts.
First, you might think, "They are so lucky."
Alternatively, perhaps you think, "They are so talented."
To some respect, you'd be right -- they are lucky, and talented. But I'm willing to bet you almost never believe their level of success can be cultivated through certain strategies.
What if it could, though? What if, rather than pointing to genetics or favorable circumstances, we questioned the very mindset that brought such stars to the top? While it's undoubtedly not mindset alone (Taylor Swift can't just tell herself she's a good singer -- that skill needs to be inherent), it's also not skill alone -- if it was,