- brains and talent don’t always bring success
- praising brains and talent doesn’t foster self-esteem and improves outcomes
- teaching a simple idea about the brain raises self-esteem and improves outcomes
Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Mindset is a simple idea discovered by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that she believes can make all the difference.
She argues that in a fixed mindset, 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. And she believes that they are wrong.
She argues that in a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed 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. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sport. Read Mindset!