[ Education ] What’s the difference between kids who excel and kids who don’t?

From my earliest childhood my mother told me I was smart as heck. For a long time I thought she was just being nice, because real-life experience kept showing me I was dumb as a stump, a process I now recognize as “learning.” But I think that repeated statement, along with lots of reading and books and newspapers, actually helped me devote myself to serious study.

There is a fascinating Quartz (qz.com) article on exactly this point that’s really caught my thoughts, “There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t” at

Guess what that key difference is?