Learning happens quickly for smart people. If you have to try hard, you probably aren't smart.
Learning takes time and effort, so trying hard is valued.
The most important information is how someone did (or could do) something because that is what we can learn from.
The most important information is whether one is successful. How one succeeds is irrelevant.
The goal is to learn as much as you can.
The goal is to look as smart as you can.
It indicates my abilities are high in this area.
It indicates that I am choosing activities that are too easy to learn from.
They are indicators of my intellectual ability.
They are an indicator that I've taken on a challenge and are to be expected and valued as learning opportunities.
Seeking help is sensible after exhausting one's own resources.
Seeking help is evidence of one's intellectual inadequacy.
I may feel smarter or better than others, potentially having power over others in this area.
I feel ready to take on new challenges and have greater opportunity to help others.
It's risky and stressful.
Doing something better or faster than others.
Taking on challenges or teaching others.
He will probably be much the same in a few weeks.
He will probably be better in a few weeks.