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Fiona Wu

on 19 February 2016

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Transcript of Success

Self-Affirmation is an important factor towards success and I believe it takes a large amount of strength and effort to perform this task.

Sometimes life wears us down, and it is easy to succumb to our fears and weaknesses when it feels like there is nothing to motivate us. It takes a lot of effort to admit our flaws but not despair over them. Self-Affirmation allows us to motivate ourselves. We look within our souls and confirm through repetition that we are strong, confident, and that success is within our grasp.

I am Happy.

My ideas are inspirational.

It is not impossible.

The first step to success is to believe that we can reach our goals one day.

The students in St. Anthony were born to drug addict mothers and alcoholic fathers in a poor neighbourhood. It was expected that they would remain trapped in the cycle of violence and poverty.
However, Bob Hurley and the basketball team's efforts revealed that even though they had no private gym of their own and their school barely scraped by each year, they were able to achieve success.
Not only did Coach Hurley push the boys towards a national title, but he secured them a brighter future.
Through hard work and determination, their lives were changed forever.

It was their efforts, not some sort of advantage or circumstance, that led them to victory.
An individual's Success is determined through the effort they exert
"Grit is passion and perseverance for very long term goals...Grit is sticking with your future for years and working really hard to make that future a reality."
~ Angela Lee Duckworth
The Key to Success
The New Psychology of Success
The Streets Stop Here:
The Miracle of St. Anthony
Happiness Inquiry Project
"If I can get them out of Jersey City, if I can get them into college, I can make the rest of their lives a lot different."
~ Bob Hurley
"It's not always the people who start out the smartest who end up the smartest."
~ Carol S. Dweck
Angela Lee Duckworth reveals that the key to success isn't innate talent, but grit.
Grit is about determination and how hard we work. Grit is about knowing our limits, understanding that circumstances are unfair and pushing past them. This strategy is dear to me because as I encountered hardship and difficulty with my Socials 11 teacher, life seemed unfair. However, I didn't let myself succumb into blaming my failures on other people. I worked hard, gritted my teeth, and I succeeded.
"It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen."
~Claude M. Bristol

What "The Mindsets" reveals is that an individual's intelligence isn't unchangeable. IQ is a fixed number, but it isn't meant to determine a person's future. Having a growth mindset is about believing that through effort and hard work, one can achieve even the most impossible things.

I used to believe that I could never succeed in the mathematics field. I would only be able to reach a certain point and watch others climb past me. I believed that because my talents ended there, there was no point trying to achieve more.
Now, I am able to evaluate myself with a more open mind. Talent doesn't determine my successes or my failures. My attitude does. Understanding this, I can now look at my failures as an opportunity for improvement.
Fiona Wu 2/17/16
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