“If you work hard, good things happen.”
Telling your kids they have natural talents like being smart is great for building confidence, but sets them up to rely on “being smart” and leaves them disillusioned if their smarts don’t get them what they want. It is better for your kids to know that hard work and effort will serve them in any situation. People are smart because they work hard, not because they are naturally smart. This goes for all other talents whether it be drawing, coordination, cooking, business or music.