David Shenk: I think the really dangerous and oppressive myth of IQ is that IQ tests are identifying some kind of quantity of intelligence that we are born with and that we have this static amount of intelligence that we’re going to carry with us throughout life.
Kids might be immensely great at something, but they’re never performing at a great adult level.
There is a large group of child prodigies who go on to a life of relative mediocrity.
The difference in personalities between people who get good at stuff or get great at stuff is the people who get great at stuff really find satisfaction in the constant pushing process.
A parent who wants their child to be great at something, absolutely cannot put love out there as a reward.