What is a ?
“Mindsets are beliefs – beliefs about yourself and your most basic qualities and abilities.”1
What is a ?
According to Carol Dweck from her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,“[In a growth mindset,] people believe their most basic abilities and qualities can be developed and cultivated through dedication and hard work. Brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.”2 Another way to state this would be: Great learners are made, not born.
What is a ?
“In a fixed mindset, most people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success–without effort. They’re wrong.”2
Click here to watch a video that illustrates the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset.3
So what do you do if you have a fixed mindset? This video may help!4
Success comes through effort and failure
As you watch this video, consider the ways you can relate this famous failure to your own experiences with effort, failure and success.5
You can watch more inspiring videos about the amount of effort and failure it can take before achieving success or continue on with the module.6
You will soon be able to identify a growth versus a fixed mindset.
Recognize and change your fixed mindset voice
There are four main steps to changing from a fixed to a growth mindset.2
Learn to hear your fixed mindset voice
To get the most out of the learning opportunities in this course, you need to recognize when your own mindset might be getting in the way of your learning and use strategies to change it.
Recognize that you have a choice
Talk back with a growth mindset voice
Take the growth mindset action
With practice you can learn to decide which voice you will listen to and act on.
Ideally, you will:
- Take on the challenge wholeheartedly
- Learn from your setbacks and try again
- Hear the criticism and act on it
Practice listening to both and acting on the growth mindset voice. See how you can make it work for you. As we go through the next activities, try to be mindful of the voice you’re hearing.
Set your priorities
As part of the reflect phase of , it is important to have a clear vision of your priorities.
Complete [link to ACTIVITY 4] to practice identifying fixed and growth mindset statements and help you achieve this clarity.
- MindsetWorks. mindsetworks.com
- Dweck, C. S. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success; Gildan Media Corp, 2007.
- Mindsets: Fixed Versus Growth. youtu.be/M1CHPnZfFmU
- The dirty little secret about growth mindset. youtu.be/zionUl13Dko
- James Dyson discusses success through failure. youtube.com/watch?v=_hG79AwLw3s&t=1s
- Failure playlist: goo.gl/rTMQ4e
As stated by Carol Dweck in Mindset: "Mindsets are beliefs – beliefs about yourself and your most basic qualities and abilities.” Identifying your current mindset is essential to guide and take control of your learning. Working towards a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset means you will be more open and hard-working and will allow you to be more motivated and dedicated to your goals, studies, and work.
The belief that your basic abilities can be developed and cultivated through hard work and dedication. Someone with a growth mindset views their basic skills and talents as a starting point, therefore creating a love of learning and resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Great learners are made, not born.
The belief that your basic abilities, such as intelligence or talent, are fixed traits that cannot be changed or developed. Someone with a fixed mindset documents their intelligence and skills, rather than actively working to develop and improve them. They also believe that success comes from talent alone, but they are wrong. Success requires effort.
Self-regulated learning can be achieved through the SRL cycle. The SRL cycle allows you to take strategic control of how you approach your goals and be prepared and willing to face any challenges and seize any opportunities that might arise as you work to make your goals your reality. SRL is achieved in three phases: reflect, plan, and act. Ideally, you should repeat this cycle multiple times as you create goals and tackle challenges.