The Effort Myth: How to Give Children the Three Gifts of Motivation with author Sherri Fisher

January 7th 2022

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Are you a well-meaning parent who tries to motivate your child by reassuring them that they just need to try harder? Do you
believe that gritty effort is the key to their success? If so,
you may believe in the false promises of the effort myth. Students often do try harder, and some make short-term improvements. However, focusing on effort may even make a student’s problems worse.

No one should have to suffer to be able to learn.

Of course, effort is necessary for work to be done successfully. However, trying harder is not sufficient by itself. That’s because it’s not how hard you try that leads to success; it’s how you try hard.

Written by a learning specialist with decades of experience teaching and coaching thousands of students and parents like you, The Effort Myth: How to Give Your Child the Three Gifts of Motivation will guide you to:

  • Participate more effectively in the education of your children
  • Know when you need to step in and when you need to let your

children figure it out themselves

  • Help in ways that will enable your children to grow in ability and



Sherri Fisher has dedicated decades to challenging the Effort Myth, both in schools and private practice. She believes that no one should have to suffer to be able to learn. Parents who work with Sherri in their youth return with their own children. Her client relationships don’t just span grades; they span generations.

As a learning specialist and executive coach for students and their parents, Sherri has pioneered research-based tools that build skilled resilience, motivation, and self-direction. As a schools consultant she has guided educators and administrators to nurture the flexibility, strengths, and relationships that help improve academic and life outcomes.

Sherri is the Director of Learn & Flourish, an education coaching and consulting firm with clients on five continents. She earned her Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied with the founders of the field. Sherri lives in New England where she raised her children, her gardens, and her big pack of friendly dogs. 

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