Two Stories

Two Stories

15 minutes | Grit


How do I do it?

In this writing activity, you reflect on a time when you succeeded and the steps you took to succeed, and also a time when you failed and what you learned from that.

How does it work?
People learn from experience by incorporating their experiences into a coherent story. Researchers found that you grow if your life story extracts the good from the bad and if it emphasizes your agency.

Inspired by: Jones, B. K., Destin, M., & McAdams, D. P. (2018). Telling better stories: Competence-building narrative themes increase adolescent persistence and academic achievement. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 76, 76-80.  


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