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BOUNCE Wh at is r esilien ce? Wh y ar e som e people def eat ed by lif e?s ch allen ges w h ile ot h er s seem t o r oll w it h t h e pu n ch es? In t h is issu e, w e explor e t h ese t h em es w it h t h e qu est ion : Wh at is you r su per pow er ? St an f or d Un iver sit y psych ologist Car ol Dw eck says r esilien ce is a m at t er of on e?s m in dset . People w it h a f ixed m in dset believe t h eir in t elligen ce an d abilit y ar e f ixed. Th ey t en d t o sh y aw ay f r om ch allen ges an d t h ey t ak e def eat as eviden ce t h at t h ey ar e u n sk illed. People w it h a gr ow t h m in dset , h ow ever , t ak e def eat as in f or m at ion abou t w h at t h ey h ave t o do t o be bet t er n ext t im e. An gela Du ck w or t h , au t h or of t h is m on t h?s book Grit, also r eject s t h e n ot ion of in n at e t alen t . Sh e claim s r esilien ce is based on passion an d per sever an ce. Won der f u l, bu t w h er e does per sever an ce com e f r om ? Accor din g t o Du ck w or t h , it com es f r om doin g som et h in g t h at ign it es you r in t er est an d t h en pr act icin g it over an d over again , u n t il you f eel t h at you h ave ach ieved m ast er y. In t er est in gly, r esilien ce is n ot t h ou gh t t o be a t r ait , bu t a sk ill der ived f r om t h e w ays ch ildr en lear n t o t h in k abou t f ailu r e? h ow t h ey apply ef f or t t ow ar d obst acles, seein g t h em as set back s bu t n ot bar r ier s. Accor din g t o Dw eck , m in dset can be sh if t ed an d gr it can be bu ilt . WRITTEN BY: SARA STETSON