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Carol Dweck' Mindset


Vicki Mikow

on 22 August 2012

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Transcript of Carol Dweck' Mindset

Carol Dweck


Is success about LEARNING or PROVING THAT YOU ARE SMART? The Basic Idea of the book

There are two types of mindsets:

Fixed Mindset - Intelligence is a fixed trait

Growth Mindset - intelligence is a malleable quality; a potential
that can be developed

Talent is just a starting point What does this all mean for you?

The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. Which mindset do we promote in school?

Look at the following phrases commonly heard in school and decide if it promotes a growth or fixed mindset...
1. Yes! I'm the first one done! I am soooo smart!
2. I would rather just stay in regular math. I wouldn't ever have homework.
3. I'm no good at History.
4. I don't need to practice.
5. My 6th grade teacher didn't teach me very well.
6. I'll just change my answers before we turn in our papers for a grade.
7. I'm not an artsy person. All I draw is stick figures.
8. I left my work at home.

Carol Dweck met with the scottish olympic team

None of them had been the best in their sport when they were teenagers...

Fixed Mindset:

Believe the following:
Your qualities and abilities are carved in stone.
You must prove yourself over and over.

Every situation is evaluated:
Will I succeed or fail?
Will I look smart or dumb?
Will I be accepted or rejected?
Will I feel like a loser or winner? Growth Mindset:

Believe the following:
It is impossible to foresee what can be accomplished with years of passion, toil, and training.

Ask the following:
Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better?
why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them?
Why look for friends who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of challenge you? "I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying. "

"I'm not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat."

"I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come."

"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

---Michael Jordan
So how do I put this growth mindset into practice?

It is more than just thinking positively...it is all about the amout of EFFORT that you put forth.

What area do you want to improve? Excel?

How can you put more effort into that area? 1. You got a 91%...what did you miss?
2. How many goals did Sally score?
3. You are gifted. You should be able to do something as simple as...
4. What do you mean you forgot to do your science project that is due tomorrow until just now?
5. Some people are just not math minded. What do we promote at home?
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