The Right Mindset

Our mindset plays a huge part in our success in life. In her book “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”, Stanford psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck, Ph.D., describes the difference between a “fixed mindset” and a “growth mindset”. 

When we have “fixed mindset” we assume that our character, intelligence and creative ability are static and we can’t change. We avoid failure and strive to look smart or skilled.   

When we have “growth mindset” we thrive on challenges and don’t see failure as evidence of unintelligence, but as an opportunity for growth and stretching our abilities. It is a difference between having a passion for learning, rather than a hunger for approval. 

Most interesting to me was how her studies showed that praising a child for effort, rather than just results, can help create a growth mindset in them, that will lead to a desire for more learning.  We will be using this information to help students rise to their best.

Here is a link to a good summary by Maria Popova.