Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset, a psychological concept developed by Professor Carol Dweck, is where individuals believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others). They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate.

The power of Growth Mindset lies not in what it says about you but in changing what you do. For instance, by encouraging people to try out new ways of thinking and approaching problems rather than emphasizing their current intelligence or abilities, it instills a willingness to work hard at improving. Employees develop the confidence and resilience to persist through challenges instead of giving up when things get tough.

Studies also show that people with growth mindset are more successful in a broad range of areas including school, business, sports, the arts, and relationships. In fact people with a growth mindset are happier and more optimistic about their future success and personal relationships. (vs “fixed” mindset)

Knowing that a growth mindset can be learned, and can even be taught, will help students be more successful. Teachers who are aware of the proven benefits of growth mindset in teaching and learning can teach their students to embrace a growth mindset and its positive consequences.