Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset #1

Over the next few weeks I will be writing about Growth Mindset and how important it is for children to develop one.

Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset #1
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"Well I've been afraid of changing..." Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

It's almost Thanksgiving and I've been feeling really thankful this year. So much has changed this year, but I have an incredible support system that's made me feel so confident through it all. Part of that support system is you- thanks for subscribing to this newsletter 🧡

Over the next few weeks I will be writing about Growth Mindset:

  • What is Growth Mindset?: Coined by Carol Dweck, I first heard about Growth Mindset during a staff meeting. I took a quiz to find out if I had a growth or fixed mindset. I threw it into the camp of Enneagram and the Myers Briggs test: fun social psychology made to get your reflecting, but didn't mean much to me. But over the years I realized how important it is for children to develop a growth mindset. When you hear about children having grit and high self esteem it connects back to having a growth mindset.
  • Ok, but what is it?: When you have a growth mindset, it means you believe success is achieved through time and effort. You're not intimidated by failure and instead use it to reflect and regroup. You'll most often hear Growth Mindset being compared to a Fixed Mindset:
  • The impact: Once I learned about this, I realized a lot of people that I encounter with a "victim mentality" are stuck in a fixed mindset (you know- that person at work who is perpetually having a bad day). The world happens to them, and they have no control over it. Those with a growth mindset know they are an active participant in their life and are ready to make the most of it.

Next week I'll explain how to help your children develop a growth mindset. Until then, I'd love it if you shared this newsletter with a friend. They can sign up, view this issue and previous ones here.

Happy Thanksgiving,