31 Transcending Carol Dweck Quotes

Carol Dweck is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology. A leading expert in her field, she researches the optimal ways for students to learn. Lecturing on topics such as education, business, and sports; her work is widely acclaimed with the bestselling book, ‘Mindset’ being translated in over 20 languages. Here are some of the most transcending Carol Dweck quotes to remember.

“A company that cannot self-correct cannot thrive.”

“Becoming is better than being.”

“Don’t judge. Teach. It’s a learning process.”


“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.”

“Exceptional people convert life’s setbacks into future successes.”

“Failure is information-we label it failure, but it’s more like, ‘This didn’t work, I’m a problem solver, and I’ll try something else.’”

“I don’t mind losing as long as I see improvement or I feel I’ve done as well as I possibly could.”

“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence.”

“Important achievements require a clear focus, all-out effort, and a bottomless trunk full of strategies. Plus allies in learning.”

“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.”

“It is not always people who start out the smartest who end up the smartest.”

“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.”

“No matter what your current ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.”

“Picture your brain forming new connections as you meet the challenge and learn. Keep on going.”

“Praising children’s intelligence harms their motivation and it harms their performance.”

“Research shows that normal young children misbehave every three minutes.”

“Teaching is a wonderful way to learn.”

“Test scores and measures of achievement tell you where a student is, but they don’t tell you where a student could end up.”

“The best thing parents can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning.”

“The whole point of marriage is to encourage your partner’s development and have them encourage yours.”

“The wrong kind of praise creates self-defeating behavior. The right kind motivates students to learn.”

“This is hard. This is fun.”

“This point is . . . crucial,” writes Dweck. “In the fixed mindset, everything is about the outcome. If you fail — or if you’re not the best — it’s all been wasted. The growth mindset allows people to value what they’re doing regardless of the outcome.”

“Vowing, even intense vowing, is often useless. The next day comes and the next day goes. What works is making a vivid, concrete plan.”

“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.”

“What did you try hard at today?”

“When you enter a mindset, you enter a new world. In one world (the world of fixed traits) success is about proving you’re smart or talented. Validating yourself. In the other (the world of changing qualities) it’s about stretching yourself to learn something new. Developing yourself.”

“Why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you?”

“Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better?”

“You have to work hardest for the things you love most.”

“You’re in charge of your mind. You can help it grow by using it in the right way.”

The following video presented by Carol Dweck goes over the keys to developing a growth mindset. These factors play a vital role in a student’s ability to exercise the right mindset in a learning environment. Dweck is best known for her expertise in the field of motivation and emphasizes the power for ‘yet’ in a classroom environment.

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