What is Growth Mindset?
It is the belief that a person's abilities and intelligence can be developed through practice, hard work, and motivation. Through perseverance and effort, anyone can build themselves into anything they want to be. So, there are no smart or dumb people — only those who have unlocked the potential of their intellect and those who haven’t.
Growth mindset is the opposite of a fixed mindset: where we believe that our core personality, character, talent, abilities and intelligence are fixed, unchangeable. We are either smart, or dumb. We are either talented at something (art, music, sports, math, logic, etc.) or we aren’t.
Why is having Growth Mindset important?
Research has shown that children who have the growth mindset work hard to constantly grow and improve. Success is earned and never taken for granted. On the flip side, mistakes are seen as the inevitable side-effects of pursuing anything. They are treated as opportunities for improvement. MISTAKES ARE GOOD BECAUSE THEY ARE EVIDENCE OF EFFORT.
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"People believe ... their talents and abilities can be developed through passion, education, and persistence. For them ... it's about a commitment to learn from taking informed risks and learning from the results. It is surrouding yourself with people who will challenge you to grow, looking frankly at your deficiencies and seeking to remedy them." ~ Carol Dweck