The difference between self-efficacy and locus of control.

I was listening to the Knowledge Project podcast with Angela Duckworth the other day and an interesting discussion on self-efficacy and locus of control popped up.


The ideas mostly followed self-efficacy theory (agency) and how investing your attention and mindset into your own efforts instead of the results of those efforts (locus of control) yields better outcomes.

For instance — you can have agency to know you can learn a new skill. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be accepted to a school or make a certain team. Just that you know you can learn a thing if you apply yourself.

I’m curious about situations or ideas that you may have encountered that illustrate the contrast of self-efficacy and locus of control.

Did you ever do something you were incredibly proud of that DIDN’T get the recognition that you hoped it would? Was it worth it, anyway?

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