What is Growth Mindset?
Psychologist Carol Dweck defines Growth Mindset as when people believe that their abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all successful people have Growth Mindset.
On the other hand, in a fixed mindset, people believe that their abilities are simply fixed traits. They believe that they are either “smart” or “dumb” and there is no way to change this. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. Having a fixed mindset will cause people to learn less than they could or learn at a slower rate, while also shying away from challenges.
Why does my child need Growth Mindset?
Every child, as a human being, is born intelligent. Children with a growth mindset understand that when a task is difficult, they are learning and their brain is getting stronger. It can also help children to overcome the hurdles they face in learning and develop the necessary skills to persist. Whether at school, at work or later on in life, your child needs to have resilience and persevere especially when facing challenges because success is about consistent hard work, keep trying and never giving up.
How do I know if my child has a fixed mindset?
- Is afraid to do something difficult
- Tells you she doesn’t know how to do something but is not keen to learn
- Gives up easily when facing challenges
- Thinks that if she doesn’t know how to do something, someone has to do it for him or her
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