Which skills and attributes lead to success?

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Part one of our three part introduction series is designed to introduce students to some of the skills and attributes that lead to success. This first part is made up of 18 distinct episodes, covering a wide range of habits and skills that positively influence individual performance for improved results and greater success. A brief description of each episode is outlined below. In addition you'll find links to the teacher episode page and supporting exercises for each episode.


Introduction Part 1 – Episode outline

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Episode 1:  Hello. Who are you?

Know thyself | Quiet | Mindfulness | Happiness
A brief overview of the Passion Arena programme before starting on helping you to get to know yourself. Introduces concepts of happiness and being aware of your emotions. 

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Episode 2: Why is it good to be happy?

Know thyself | Quiet | Happiness | Self-awareness
Introduces the concept that success often comes as a result of happiness as opposed to happiness being an outcome of achieving success. 

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Episode 3: What is success for you?

Know thyself | Be curious | Self-awareness | Responsibility
Reviews the typical definitions for success, and we suggest a new definition for success that's more applicable to a wider range of goals.

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Episode 4: What's the difference between winning and succeeding?

Know thyself | Be curious | Responsibility | Action
Explores the issue of defining success or failure purely in terms winning. We review John Wooden's approach to success by "making the effort to do the best of which you are capable".

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Episode 5: What's a growth mindset and why do you want one?

Growth mindset | Know thyself | Self-confidence | Belief
Introduces the concept of 'mindset' as outlined by Dr. Carol Dweck and explains the benefits of developing a "growth mindset".

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Episode 6: How can you create a growth mindset?

Growth mindset | Know thyself | Self-confidence | Belief
We outline three strategies to support the development of a growth mindset; growing your brain; learn one, do one, teach one; and adding 'yet'.

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Episode 7: Do you know what you want to achieve?

Know thyself | Scheduling | Goals | Plans
Identifies the values of setting goals, and defines the difference between big picture goals and progress goals in helping you achieve.

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Episode 8: Why does passion matter?

Know thyself | Be curious | Passion | Self-awareness
Introduces the importance of discovering your passions, by giving a definition to what we mean by passion, then looking at how finding your passions can benefit you.

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Episode 9: How good are you at taking action?

Action oriented | Little and regular | Action | Responsibility
Outlines the importance of taking action when it comes to achieving your goals, or any form of success, and introduces the Passion Arena habits of action oriented and little and regular.

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Episode 10: What's stopping you from taking action?

Action oriented | Little and regular | Action | Facing fear
Introduces three possible barriers that might be preventing you from taking action on the things you want to achieve (your goals).

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Episode 11: When did you last tidy your brain?

Little and regular | Action oriented | Repetition | Practice
Explains the concept of top-down and bottom-up mind function and explains in simple terms how your mind stores information as you learn.

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Episode 12: When are you in your element?

Know thyself | Be curious | Passion | Self-awareness
We introduce Sir Ken Robinson's concept of 'The Element', the place where – as he describes it – natural talent meets personal passion.

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Episode 13: Do you know the incredible story of Laszlo Polgar?

Little and regular | Growth mindset | Practice | Repetition

Explains Laszlo Polgar's theory that 'genius' is not a trait you're born with or have a natural talent for, but is educated and trained over time and we discover the incredible experiment he conducted to prove his theory.

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Episode 14: What exactly is perfect practice?

Little and regular | Growth mindset | Practice | Mindfulness
Outlines the concept of perfect or deliberate practice and introduces K. Anders Ericsson's theory of the 10,000-hour rule in relation to perfect practice.

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Episode 15: Who's helping you to succeed?

Stretch | Ongoing learning | Relationships | Communication
Identifies the importance of looking for support or help from others (like coaches, teachers or mentors) when it comes to achieving your biggest goals.

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Episode 16: How gritty are you?

Growth mindset | Self-control | Persistence | Goals
Introduces the concept of grit, as researched and defined by Angela Duckworth. We outline what grit is, and how it can help you to enjoy greater success.

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Episode 17: Is it ever good to fail?

Growth mindset | Positive attitude | Accepting failure | Attitude
We question how many of us have been taught to think about failure, and explain that every successful person has had to fail before reaching success.

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Episode 18: How can marshmallows help you succeed?

Self-control | Positive attitude | Willpower | Persistence
We explain the importance of self-control in achieving success and outline the learning gained from Walter Mischel's now famous 'marshmallow test'.


Self improvement starts with knowing who you are

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In part two of our introduction series we help students to gain a better understanding of themselves, helping them to identify their strengths and weaknesses, along with some of their unique traits. We introduce some tools to help change not-so-good habits, while asking questions such as 'How do you talk to yourself?' and 'What are you afraid of?' A brief description of each episode is outlined below.


Introduction Part 2 – Episode outline

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Episode 19:  Why is it important to know thyself?

Know thyself | Be curious | Self-awareness | Mindfulness 
Outlines the historical reference to ‘know thyself’ and explains that self-knowledge is a key starting point for a life of meaning, purpose, happiness and success.  

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Episode 20: What is accurate self-assessment?

Know thyself | Be curious | Self-awareness | Action
An expansion on getting to know thyself, we now dive a little deeper into getting to know yourself with an emotional intelligence exercise in self-assessment. 

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Episode 21: I think therefore I am. Really?

Positive attitude | Know thyself | Mindfulness | Self-awareness
An outline of the effect your attitude can have on your emotions, along with an introduction to your unique character strengths.

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Episode 22: When are you in the zone?

Be curious | Stretch | Passion | Self-awareness
Identifies the characteristics needed to achieve a state of ‘flow’. We investigate the benefits and challenges of being in a flow state (or 'in the zone'), and show how it can be achieved.

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Episode 23: How do habits work?

Be curious | Growth mindset | Habits | Routines
Introduces the structure of habits, and identifies why they influence success. We ask what a habit is and explore the idea that you have many more habits than you might think.

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Episode 24: How can you change a bad habit?

Be curious | Growth mindset | Habits | Routines 
This episode looks at how you can go about changing a habit you don't want, for a new habit that you'd prefer and explain one method to more easily change your existing bad habits.

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Episode 25: How do you talk to yourself?

Positive attitude | Be curious | Positive thinking | Self-awareness
Learning to listen for the way you speak to yourself, especially for negative statements and then identifying how these might colour the way you relate to others.

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Episode 26: How grateful are you?

Positive attitude | Giving | Gratitude | Happiness
Introduces the concept of gratitude, why it pays to be grateful and why being grateful can improve your happiness, and what you can do to become more grateful.

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Episode 27: What are you afraid of and what does it stop you from doing?

Stretch | Action oriented | Facing fear | Courage
An introduction to the impact fear has on achieving success. Why it’s often fear that stops you from doing things you want to do, and how to start to tackle your fears.

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Episode 28: What is courage and do you have it?

Stretch | Action oriented | Courage | Facing fear 
Introducing the concept of courage. Why it’s often misunderstood, how it can help you, and what you can do to be more courageous.

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Episode 29: What are your values and beliefs?

Know thyself | Be curious | Belief | Self-awareness
Introduces the concepts of values and beliefs, and identifies the influence they have, not only over the decisions we make, but also in how we feel, particularly when we do things that conflict with who we want to be.

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Episode 30: What is the Golden Rule?

Giving | Positive attitude | Empathy | Relationships
Identifies the common variations of The Golden Rule, and what it means to live up to it. We identify a previous example and look at how following The Golden Rule might change our behaviour. We also look at the how this might affect cyber-bullying.

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Episode 31: Who's responsible for your actions and outcomes?

Self-control | Growth mindset | Responsibility | Initiative
Identifies the importance of responsibility in life – in particular to your education results and in the actions you take. Introduces how taking responsibility can increase both your self-esteem and self-confidence.

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Episode 32: Are you self-confident?

Know thyself | Growth mindset | Self-confidence | Attitude
An introduction to what it means, and why it’s helpful to be self-confident. Shares an understanding of true self-confidence, and compares this to failure. 


Are you curious enough to get to know others?

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Part three in our introduction series is designed to support students in getting to know other people, helping them to build positive relationships with a range of people. The 10 episodes in part three expand on our previous episodes on empathy, while diving into topics like listening, gossip, blame, guilt and generosity. We finish up with a look at leadership and what it takes to be a true leader. A brief description of each episode is outlined below.


Introduction Part 3 – Episode outline

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Episode 33:  How curious are you?

Be curious | Ongoing learning | Relationships | Empathy | Communication
An introduction to curiosity in relation to meeting and getting to know new people. Suggests that our default is often to talk about ourselves, or relate our own experiences, rather than being curious to get to know others. 

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Episode 34: Are you a good listener?

Quiet | Be curious | Communication | Empathy
An introduction into the importance of listening deeply, and building empathy and compassion for others. Identifies the key elements of listening and how you can improve them.

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Episode 35: What does a good relationship look like?

Giving | Be curious | Relationships | Empathy
An introduction into the importance of relationships that support and respect each person. Relationships that strike a balance between give and take. 

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Episode 36: What's the problem with gossip?

Self-control | Be curious | Communication | Responsibility
An outline on the importance of building relationships with others and how gossip can damage or end those relationships and tarnish your reputation.

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Episode 37: Do you sometimes wish you were someone else?

Positive attitude | Growth mindset | Self-confidence | Attitude
An outline of the importance of having a positive attitude about yourself and in life situations in general. Outlines the traps of negative thinking, and highlights ways to have a positive outlook.

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Episode 38: What's the difference between guilt and shame?

Positive attitude | Quiet | Empathy | Relationships
We compare the concepts of shame and guilt and illustrate how they have different impacts on an individual’s self-esteem. We outline how to avoid a sense of shame, and how to support others without adding to their own sense of shame.

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Episode 39: What does a generous person look like?

Giving | Positive attitude | Value | Self-confidence
Looks at various ways of being a generous person, and investigates the benefits of being more generous, including greater self-confidence, self-esteem and happiness.

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Episode 40: What does it mean to be a leader?

Ongoing learning | Be curious | Leadership | Community
Introduces the concept of leadership at any age or stage, and that leadership isn’t a title, but an attitude and an approach to supporting others, ongoing self-discovery and learning.

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Episode 41: Could you be a leader?

Ongoing learning | Growth mindset | Leadership | Self-awareness
What a true leader looks like, and why you already have everything you need to become one. An overview of this introductory programme and how it ties into being a leader. 

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Episode 42: Do you follow your curiosity?

Be curious | Ongoing learning | Passion | Ideas | Initiative
Curiosity as a means of discovery, how can it be explored further, and what benefits can it provide. Curiosity in this context is related to finding a love of learning in one or many areas.