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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Expect the Best

There's an interesting phenomenon in classrooms.

Let's say a teacher is given a new group of students. She's given a list of the student's aptitudes (all manufactured, as it turns out). She then teaches these students in front of an observer.

Unbeknownst to the teacher, the observer is timing her. He is watching to see how long she gives each student to answer.

The results? Consistently, the teacher gives the "smart students" more time to answer. The "slow students" are rushed, and not given a chance to think things through.

Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy. The "slow" students don't do as well because of the teacher's expectations.

Now, to tell the truth, I'm not a hundred percent comfortable with the so-called "Law of Attraction." Yes, I think positive thinking has its place; but no, I don't think it can bend the laws of space, time, and economics.

Nevertheless, I do believe that expectation affects outcome in many, many cases.

So yes: be positive. Believe, and you are likely to receive more than you might have otherwise. Expect the best

You'll be happier.

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