A universal drive of people is to be competent and to become more competent. This drive for competence manifests itself in many aspects of life. Seeing oneself as competent and having the experience of becoming more competent contributes strongly to well-being. This is not only the case in the beginning of life. It remains so well into old age. Two factors are extremely helpful for enjoying the benefits of competence and its development. The first factor is the belief that your competence can be developed. I have written a lot about the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset (read this for some background information). A growth mindset, believing that your competence can be developed through effort, is a prerequisite for continued growth. The second f