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Have you ever thought of trying something new but then changed your mind because you were afraid you wouldn’t be any good at it? Don’t worry, you’re not alone as a lot of people are able to overcome that kind of fear. So, what can you do to go from saying “I can’t do this” to saying, “I’m going to give it a try and if I fail, then I fail”?
It begins with seeing the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, according to Carol Dweck, who received her Ph.D. from Yale and is a Psychology Professor at Stanford. The way that Dweck defines fixed mindset in her book “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” is “believing that your qualities are carved in stone.” Growth mindset on the other hand is “the belief that your basic qualities are things that you can cultivate through your efforts.” She believes that once you begin your path to a growth mindset, you also begin your path to love for learning.
With a Growth Mindset comes the confidence to try new things and not be afraid of failure. While the journey is not a quick one, it can be extremely rewarding in the end. Mark Twain once said “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did. So… sail away from the safe harbor. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Having a growth mindset can be challenging, but it has many benefits and allows you to see your full potential. So the next time you encounter something new and unfamiliar, give it a try before dismissing it.
Futures Academy helps students develop a Growth Mindset through its course, MindShift: The Science of Learning. This course teaches students how learning occurs and how they can improve their ability to learn. Course content, based on the seminal research of Carol Dweck and Angela Duckworth and on their proven techniques for teaching these concepts to K-12 student, is designed to transform how students think about learning and about their capacity to grow.
For more information on MindShift: The Science of Learning, contact us today!