Meet Martha, a motivated, overachieving high school student. Martha lives by the credo, “If it’s not perfect, it’s not done.” In college-level vocabulary terms, she is assiduous, diligent, and exacting. In short, Martha is a perfectionist. Her indefatigable commitment shows in her outstanding grades, yet she struggles time and time again on standardized tests. Why?
How about that Super Bowl LI? Even if you’re not a football fan or managed to avoid the most-watched television program of the year, you might have heard how the New England Patriots stormed back from a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons. How did this organization, infamous for egregious amounts of excellence, engineer
“If you think you can or can’t, you are right.” Henry Ford may not have actually uttered the quote attributed to him, but he certainly exemplified the enduring impact of a can-do attitude. Norman Vincent Peale, legendary proponent of The Power of Positive Thinking, also shared similar insights along with countless others who have made
Is there anyone who can’t relate to that sublime moment of artistic reverie triggered by a particularly boring lecture? I did a lot of my best artwork during high school and college in the margins of notebooks. But just as universal as doodling during instruction might be, so is the experience of having a teacher
Philosophers have been promoting the power of a positive mindset for ages, and today scientists are studying the myriad ways negative emotions hurt and positive emotions help performance. But we cannot consider the power of positive thinking without recalling the book that popularized both the phrase and the practice. Norman Vincent Peale, born in 1898
Any serious student of test preparation can attest that the road to peak performance on test day can be grueling. But earning your very best test scores makes the struggle and sacrifice worthwhile. As Serena Williams said, “Victory is very, very sweet. It tastes better than any dessert you’ve ever had.” But if you do