In a growth mindset, challenges are exciting rather than threatening. So rather than thinking, oh, I'm going to reveal my weaknesses, you say, wow, here's a chance to grow.— Carol S. Dweck
Special Growth Mindset quotations
The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.
Effort is one of those things that gives meaning to life.
Effort means you care about something, that something is important to you and you are willing to work for it.
The best thing parents can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning.
Love the life you live. Live the life you love.
Test scores and measures of achievement tell you where a student is, but they don't tell you where a student could end up.
Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better?
If you don't give anything, don't expect anything.
Success is not coming to you, you must come to it.
Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong.
Important achievements require a clear focus, all-out effort, and a bottomless trunk full of strategies. Plus allies in learning.
For twenty years, my research has shown that the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value.
Becoming is better than being
You must do the things you think you cannot do.
We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.
You’re in charge of your mind. You can help it grow by using it in the right way.
The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it's not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset.
Theres only so much growing you can do in your comfort zone.
Ask 'How will they learn best?' not 'Can they learn?'.
Picture your brain forming new connections as you meet the challenge and learn. Keep on going.
What did you learn today? What mistake did you make that taught you something? What did you try hard at today?
Attitude is the first step. Mindset is the next.
Just because some people can do something with little or no training, it doesn't mean that others can't do it (and sometimes do it even better) with training.
Certainty is a cruel mindset. It hardens our minds against possibility.
So what should we say when children complete a task—say, math problems—quickly and perfectly? Should we deny them the praise they have earned? Yes. When this happens, I say, “Whoops. I guess that was too easy. I apologize for wasting your time. Let’s do something you can really learn from!
All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.
Did I win? Did I lose? Those are the wrong questions.
The correct question is: Did I make my best effort?” If so, he says, “You may be outscored but you will never lose.
Teaching is a wonderful way to learn.
...when people already know they're deficient, they have nothing to lose by trying.
We are what our thougts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
I don’t mind losing as long as I see improvement or I feel I’ve done as well as I possibly could.
Vowing, even intense vowing, is often useless.
The next day comes and the next day goes. What works is making a vivid, concrete plan.
This is hard. This is fun.
Growth happens when you fail and own it, not until. Everyone who blames stays the same.
It’s for you to decide whether change is right for you right now.
Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. But either way keep the growth mindset in your thoughts then when you bump up against obstacles you can turn to it, it will always be there for you showing you a path into the future.
What can I learn from this? What will I do next time I'm in this situation?
Choosing a partner is choosing a set of problems. There are no problem-free candidates.
To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.
Wow, that's a really good score. You must have worked really hard.
More and more research is suggesting that, far from being simply encoded in the genes, much of personality is a flexible and dynamic thing that changes over the life span and is shaped by experience.
Take control of your consistent emotions and begin to consciously and deliberately reshape your daily experience of life.
Don't go through life, grow through life.
Your failures and misfortunes don't threaten other people.
. .It's your assets and your successes that are problems for people who derive their self-esteem from being superior.
Why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you?
A company that cannot self-correct cannot thrive.
The whole point of marriage is to encourage your partner's development and have them encourage yours.
You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better.
By becoming a little better each and every day, over a period of time, you will become a lot better.