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No matter how happy and productive your life is, you probably have the sense that it–and you–could be better, if only you could read-work-study-exercise-sleep-clean more. But what really stops you or any one of us from doing everything we’re supposed to do rather than indulging in all those activities we’re not supposed to? WILLPOWER. Willpower can be described as the control exerted to accomplish or resist an action. For example, consider the quotidian challenge of getting out of bed each morning. While some dynamos apparently leap to action at the crack of dawn, some of us (particularly sleep-deprived teens) arise with considerably less enthusiasm. In these instances, we draw on willpower to resist the urge to hit snooze or burrow into our warm covers. Willpower gives us the strength to get up and begin our day, during which each of us usually draws copiously from our reserves of self-control. But…

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When adults try to measure success, metrics vary widely, from financial wealth to professional distinction to emotional satisfaction. We usually evaluate success in children more narrowly: grades. Excellent grades imply accomplishment in school that may translate to mastery in the workplace. For better or for worse, great grades mean a lot to many of us, parents and kids alike. While asking how much academic achievement should matter deserves consideration, a more practical question asks how to achieve academic success. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development digs deep into that issue in its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) Survey of the educational performance of 15-year-olds in reading, mathematics, and science in OECD countries. Surprisingly, this research finds that simple and direct correlations between students’ academic achievement and their attitudes toward school were near zero. From developed countries to developing ones, across genders and socio-economic backgrounds, there is no real…

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