Excellence is not a skill ; it is an attitude. Merely knowledge and talent could not bring and sustain success. It is attitude which decides success. Attitude is a better predictor of success than IQ. This was stated by Commander Pratap Singh Mehta, Veteran, Indian Navy, while addressing engineers and lecturers at Vidya Bhawan Polytechnic.
“People often confuse themselves with the thought that excellence is all about talent. However, excellence is not about talent alone. In fact a major portion of excellence has nothing to do with talent It is what you do with talent that counts. Beyond a point, it is attitude that counts way more than talent”, he said.
Through various hands on exercises and real life examples, Mehta underlined that having abilities like being smart, inspires confidence only while the going is easy. The deciding factor in life is how we handle setbacks and challenges.
“in the tech era the presumption has been that intelligence beats every other human attribute. But, intelligence is more of an advantage when things are going well than when they are not. “It is very good at keeping us out of trouble, but not necessarily as beneficial when we find ourselves already under it and more primal or emotional attributes are required”, He said.
Mehta appealed everyone to get out from fixed mind set and have growth mind set. “People with a growth mind set welcome setbacks with open arms”, he expressed.
While explaining the need of Affective Domain in Teaching, Mehta explained that major portion of excellence has nothing to do with talent. Beyond a certain point, talent or ability is the most useless virtue to possess. It is what you do with talent that counts. Beyond a point, it is attitude that counts way more than talent.
The affective domain plays an undeniable important role in education. Affective domain is a great method that utilizes learning skills which are predominantly related to attitude and emotional (affective) processes.