Jewel Team     Serving the Central IL region from Dunlap, IL     Local: 309.243.8100

Believe in People You Want to Succeed

In the process of reading an amazing content-packed book entitled Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins, just had to highlight a passage on my Kindle.  He is referring to another book entitled Pygmalion in the Classroom.  I am going to share verbatim what is written in the book and simply ask – what if we believed that not only we but the people we share life with were superior human beings?  What if we focused on people’s superior qualities and not their negative ones?  Not saying it is easy to do – just asking ‘what if…’?

 “Time and again, researchers have shown that students’ capabilities are powerfully impacted by the identities they develop for themselves as the result of teachers’ belief in their level of intelligence.  In one study, a group of teachers were told that certain students in their classes were truly gifted and to make sure that they challenged them to continue to expand.  As can be expected, these children became the top achievers in their class.  What makes this study significant is that these students had not actually demonstrated higher levels of intelligence – and in fact, some had previously been labeled poor students.  Yet it was their sense of certainty that they were superior (which had been instilled by a teacher’s ‘false belief’) that triggered their success.

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