Psychologist Carol Dweck popularized the term “growth mindset” in her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. In her book, Dweck describes a mindset at the perception that people have about themselves. This mindset can either be:
Fixed: People believe their basic qualities are static, and spend little time developing them. Example: “I am not good at math.”
Growth: People believe that abilities can be developed through effort. Example “I can be better at math.
Check out this infographic detailing the differences between Growth vs. Fixed Mindsets:
It’s pretty easy to see that why having a growth mindset might be beneficial. Indeed, repeated research suggests that possessing a growth mindset is an important key to success. The great news is that there are specific strategies you can take as a person who works with young people to help them develop their growth mindsets!
Join me later on this week as we examine tools to help youth develop growth mindsets!