Students need the right mindset for success. Knowledge, skills and strategies are not enough by themselves for students to have successful lives. They must also learn how to self-regulate, manage and direct their minds.

Fixed Versus Growth Mindset

Carol Dweck, Stanford University Professor of Psychology and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success contrasts a fixed and growth mindset. Those with a fixed mindset believe that their intelligence and talents are fixed, mistakes mean they are failures and effort is useless. Those with a growth mindset believe that they can grow their intelligence and talents, mistakes are feedback to get on track and effort and practice lead to mastery. Students with a fixed mindset usually give up easily or take easier courses because grades and looking good to others are most important. Students with a growth mindset usually persist in the face of difficulties and take challenging courses because learning and developing their minds are most important. Students with a growth mindset are more likely to use their potential and get the best out of themselves. Dr. Dweck’s thirty plus years of research demonstrates that students can be taught to change from a fixed to a growth mindset.

Example of a Growth Mindset

After more than 10,000 attempts to create a commercially practical incandescent electric lamp, Thomas Edison was asked by a reporter how it felt to have failed so many times. Edison said that he had not failed, but succeeded in discovering over 10,000 ways that did not work. More than 14,000 attempts were needed before Edison achieved his goal. This is a good example of a growth mindset and success mentality.   … Read More