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The Power of Believing That You Can Improve


Dr. Carol S. Dweck




Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it …


The power of yet, I heard about a high school in Chicago, where students had to pass a certain number of courses to graduate. And if they didn't pass a course, they got the grade. Not yet. And I thought that was fantastic. Because if you get a failing grade, you think I'm nothing, I'm nowhere. But if you get the grade not yet, you understand that you're on a learning curve, it gives you a path into the future, not yet also gave me insight into a critical event. Early in my career, a real turning point.

I'm one of the see how children coped with challenge and difficulty. So I gave 10 year olds problems that were slightly too hard for them. Some of them reacted in a shockingly positive way. They said things like, I love a challenge. Or, you know, I was hoping this would be informative. They understood that their abilities could be developed. They had what I call a growth mindset.

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