Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know?
A little something provocative for those pondering New Year's resolutions:
"Effort is the single most overrated trait in producing success. People rank it as the best predictor of success when in reality it is one of the least significant factors. Effort, by itself, is a terrible predictor of outcomes because inefficient effort is a tremendous source of discouragement, leaving people to conclude that they can never succeed since even expending maximum effort has not produced results."
-M. Scherneck (1998) "The Relationship Between Self-Esteem and Academic Performance," PhD dissertation, State University of New York at Albany