Growth Mindset by Carol Dweck (animated book summary) – Growth Mindset and Fixed Mindset

World renowned Stanford university psychologist
Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking
idea. The power of our mindset. In one of her early researches she wanted
to study how people cope with failures. She did it by watching how kids grapple with
hard problems. So she gave children in their school a series
of puzzles to solve. The first ones were fairly easy, but the next
ones were hard. Confronted with the hard puzzles one ten year
old boy yelled out loud: “I love a challenge”. Another sweating away on those puzzles looked
up with a pleased expression and said: “I was hoping this would be informative”. Carol always though you coped with failure
or you didn’t cope with failure. She never though that anyone LOVED failure. Not only weren’t these kids disscouraged by
failure, they didn’t even think they were failing. They thought they were learning. Carol at that time thought that human qualities
were carved in stone. You were smart or you weren’t, and failure
meant you weren’t. If you could arrange successes and avoid failures
you could stay smart. Struggles, mistakes and perserverence were
just not part of the whole being smart picture. Those children on the other hand thought that
human qualities such as intellectual skills could be cultivated through effort. And thats what they were doing, developing
their intellectual skills or simply put, getting smarter. So what does this mean for you? It shows us how a mindset can have a profound
effect on your life. And that there are two mindsets: Fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Believing that your qualities are carved in
stone, which is a part of the fixed mindset, creates an urgency to prove yourself over
and over. If you have only a certain amount of intelligence,
a certain personality, and a certain moral character – Well then you’d better prove that
you have a healthy dose of them. That’s why people with a fixed mindset shy
away from challenges, because they are scared their deficiencies could be unmasked through it. The growth mindset is based on the belief
that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. Now growth mindset doesn’t mean everyone has
the same talent and abilities, it just means everyone can grow through hard work, mentoring
and perseverance. So why waste your time looking smart when
you could be getting smarter? We are slowly conveying these ideas that smart
and talented people don’t make mistakes and they don’t work hard. The most important thing in the world is to
be smart, talented and look that way all the time. What happens is people start narrowing their
world so they can succeed within that fixed mindset. But let’s take a quick look at the world of
sports. Michael Jordan actually wasn’t a natural. But the was the hardest working athlete, perhaps
in the history of sport. It’s well known that Jordan was cut from the
high school varsity team, he wasn’t recruited by the college he wanted to play for and he
wasn’t drafted by the first two NBA teams that could have chosen him. Weren’t they foolish? Now we know he was the greatest basketball
player ever, and we think it should have been obvious from the start. When we look at him we see MICHAEL JORDAN. But at that point he was only Michael Jordan. When Jordan was cut from the varsity team,
he was devastated. So his mother told him “To go discipline himself”. Boy, did he listen. After that he used to leave the house at six
in the morning to go practice for 3 hours before school. He had the growth mindset. He knew he could develop and improve his skills
through hard work and that’s how he became the Jordan we all know today. So what can we do to ingrave growth mindset
in to ourselves and others? Just knowing about the two mindsets can produce
incredible results. The other thing we can do is praise more wisely. When we praise people for the process they
engage in, their hard work, their perseverance they learn to stick to challenges. Praising talent on the other hand, makes them
vulnerable. When we tell someone: “You did that so quickly
I’m impressed”. They hear: “If I didn’t do it quickly, you
wouldn’t be impressed”. or: “You got an A without working, you’re
so smart”! They think: “Oh, if I work you’re not gonna
think I’m smart”. Instead when you give praise to other people
you should try something between these lines: “I like the way you tried all kinds of strategies
on that math problem until you finally got it. You thought of a lot of different ways to
do it and found the one that worked.” This way your praise hard work and not the
so called “talent”. Also telling people they are “smart” is one
of the biggest mindset crimes you can commit. In one study they actually found out that
telling people they are smart lowers that persons IQ. Here’s a common question people have about
mindsets: Can you have both mindsets? Many people have elements of both. You can have different mindsets in different
areas. I might think that my personality is fixed,
but that my intelligence can be developed. Or that my social skills are fixed, but my
creativity can be developed. Carol found that whatever mindset people have
in a certain area, that mindset will guide them in that region. You have a choice. Mindsets are just beliefs. They’re powerful beliefs, but they’re just
something in your mind and you can change your mind. So try your best to put yourself in the growth
mindset every time you face a challenge, that way you will be better than yesterday. Thank you for listening if you enjoyed the
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32 thoughts on “Growth Mindset by Carol Dweck (animated book summary) – Growth Mindset and Fixed Mindset”

  1. If you enjoyed the video, you should check out the book for yourself. It goes in much greater detail. 🙂


  2. I think this is the video with your most dislikes which is still only 2! This was a fantastic book and the summary is spot on!

  3. Great job of summarizing some very important concepts! I have been reviewing a variety of MIndset videos for a presentation and I think yours is the most clear…

  4. People have different mindsets and this video helps with people with a difficult time on mindsets. Sometimes it takes longer than others to success in life but with stronger mindsets, the easier it will be.

  5. 2:40 "so why waste your time looking smart, when you can be getting smarter"
    damn… this is why I love NON-native English speaking people, no BS!

  6. Hello, amazing the way how the content is presented by a simple manner to understand… and also the book brings a precious study… Which is the name of the tool used on the building of the video?


    Congrats, have a good day!

  7. This is awesome! I watched this as part of a language learning school in preparation for A LOT of failure, and it really inspired me! Thanks for sharing! Also, if you don't mind, what's your native language? Your English is excellent!

  8. As someone who was in a "gifted" program in elementary school and got better grades than everyone, I can confirm that a fixed mindset and family telling me I was smart and special made me give up on school when I got to middle school and the work got harder. I figured, "This is hard. It shouldn't be. I'm gifted." I then gave up on myself and started getting nearly straight F's in school. What turned my life around… and this might trigger some people… was Fox News. I became a conservative and started seeing the world for what it really was. I then started studying Asian culture and realizing that the reason many of the Asian kids in my classes were so smart was because they studied infinitely harder than me. They weren't just born that way. I then studied famous people who I looked up to: Ben Carson, Liz Wheeler, Corey Lewandowski, Dinesh D'Souza. I realized they, too, read a lot and studied hard to become so accomplished and smart. Everything changed for me. I went from barely graduating high school to now having a 3.5 GPA.

  9. Why did u make Michael Jordan’s mother white? He looks black to me and I suspect his mother is also black. Don’t try to make black excellence invisible. Do better!

  10. Encouraging a student regardless of learning or not, it should be praised for continuing development in the area they are learning. If Knowing a person has a fixed mindset, I would encourage and mentor wisely to continue education regardless of the results. Telling them that they will learn and never give up. We learn from are mistakes to better ourself and practice makes perfect.

  11. Regarding your video: I like how you blend image with audio. Regarding your audio: you speak clearly and your word choice is direct (not cluttered). thank-you.

  12. “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.” Edison

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