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The following articles will help foster understanding of what it takes to succeed in the face of adversity.

Resilience and Perseverance

Importance of Resilience: Coping with Crisis
Resilience is what gives people the psychological strength to cope with stress and hardship. This article gives you a strong overview of resilience including links for further reading.

Beyond Talent and Smarts: Why Even Geniuses Struggle
Looking deeper into the impact of perseverance and hard work, this article interviews people at the top of their fields to understand what makes someone successful.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
In this TED Talk, Angela Lee Duckworth explains that she left a high-flying job in consulting and took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

Growth Mindset and Learning Through Failure

Rethinking Giftedness
What happens when you are told you are "gifted" from a young age? What happens when you are gifted but starting to struggle? This video explores how students feel when they were labeled as "gifted."

Why Understanding These Four Types of Mistakes Can Help Us Learn
We hear often that we can learn from our mistakes, but are all mistakes created equal? Read this article to learn about four types of mistakes and what you can learn from each mistake

6 Failures You Should Experience If You Want to Succeed in Life
The secret of life? You have to fail and you have to fail often.

A Secret to Success: The Failure Resume
Explore what benefits there can be to documenting the times you didn't quite hit the mark and the lessons you learned along the way.

Imposter Syndrome

Everyone Suffers from Imposter Syndrome -- Here's How to Handle It
Imposter Syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized dear of being exposed as a "fraud."

The Five Types of Imposter Syndrome and How to Beat Them
There is more than one way to feel like a fraud including the Perfectionist and the Natural Genius. Here is what it takes to overcome the most common types of Imposter Syndrome.

Stereotype Threat

The Terrifying Power of Stereotypes and How to Deal with Them
"Girls suck at maths. Men are so insensitive. He is getting a bit senile with age. Black people struggle at university." There's no shortage of common cultural stereotypes about social groups. While it may seem like we should just stop paying attention to stereotypes, false beliefs about our abilities easily turn into a voice of self doubt in our heads that can be hard to ignore. This mechanism is due to what psychologists call "stereotype threat" – referring to a fear of doing something that would confirm negative perceptions of a stigmatized group that we are members of.