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July 07, 2008

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Hi Michele,

This is one of the richest pieces yet! Thanks so much.

Betsy

This really builds on your previous post about risk taking. The point about a fixed mindset causing people to fear mistakes is key. For me formulating ambitious goals and taking risks is essential to developing a growth mindset.

I love it when a great post like this is just timely in life. Thanks.

Thanks for sharing this Michele. Great video, and great post. It's a really important set of ideas. It's important to believe this about ourselves, and also about others. Because I think that people with the fixed mindset also judge the capacities in others in ways that can limit their growth as well (if those with a fixed mindset are in supervisory or teaching positions).

Thanks everyone!

Avi, I think you're right about this connection to making mistakes and risk-taking. I actually almost linked to that post in this one because I do think there's a connection.

Michelle, I agree that people in supervisory positions with a fixed mindset can do a lot of damage, limiting the growth potential in other people. It's so insidious too--it's one of those ways of thinking that isn't obvious to a lot of people, which is part of what allows it to continue to exist. I think that seeing and challenging those thoughts may be the hardest issue in combating the problem.

I came across some of Dweck's work last year when I was reading another book. At the time, I felt that she had identified the key to successful teaching and learning. I feel the same way now and am eager to read her book.

I wish I could say that I have a pure "growth mindset", but I know that I am plagued by a fixed mindset in several areas. I think most of us are probably motivated by a complicated mix of learning and performance goals.

One goal that I have is to foster a growth mindset in the people around me, especially children, but accomplishing this goal will require me to overcome my remaining "fixed" ideas.

I hear you, Kim, on first needing to address our own "fixed" mindset--it's such a subconscious part of our thinking sometimes that it can be hard to see when we may be giving in to it.

Hey,

Thanks for the link.

Cheers,

Michael

It would be interesting to know, if the growth mindset is either present or not, or if you can do something to enhance it.

Personally, I believe that self-improvement can be enhanced by increasing the percentage of time spent on self-improving, based on the idea that you cannot "relax" yourself to be more self-improving, later.

I find that you can be both fixed mindset and growth mindset in areas that are liked or from childhood. i hope as a mother, constantly encouraging and praising has helped my children, that does seem to be the case. i would like now to work on me which seems the hardest, listening to our own words of wisdom, im looking forward to reading carol dweck's book to learn more

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