From the book, Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life by Winifred Gallagher:
Asian students actually achieve much more than their IQs would seem to predict, because they work so hard in school. Thanks to their culture's stress on academic achievement and not shaming the family, says Nisbett, "A Chinese-American with an IQ of 100 achieves at the level of a white American with an IQ of 120."
I take this to mean that values and focus trump IQ. I can work harder. Ok, noted.
She goes on to say:
... What you pay attention to shapes your brain and behavior in surprising ways ... The good news is that attention's ability to change your brain and transform your experience isn't limited to childhood but prevails throughout life.
Illustrations by Jennifer Orkin Lewis