Grow Your Mindset:
- Do you have a hero? Find out if the person had some extraordinary abilities who achieved with little effort or if he/she put significant effort into their achievements.
- My long time hero is Nelson Mandella. While he was an extraordinary human being, I know that he rose from a small African villager, became a lawyer, went to prison for 27 years, achieved a unified South Africa, ended Apartheid, became President of his country and forgave his oppressors.
- All of that took an amazing amount of work, perseverance and resilience. Knowing all of that makes him more admirable and more of an inspiration to me.
- Do you label your kids? “This is the artist and that one is the scientist? (Dweck, at 81)” Next time, remember that you are not helping them – even though you are provided them with praise. (Dweck’s studies show that praising kids’ ability actually lowers their IQ scores. Growth mindset compliments grow their minds.
- More than half of the U.S. belongs to negatively stereotyped groups. These include women, and other groups who are not good at things. Create an environment that teaches a growth mindset to the children in your life – especially those who struggle to achieve in school. Even when a negative label connected to their struggles comes their way, they will be better prepared to learn.