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36 Impressive Quotes from Mindset

As a world-renowned Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck has dedicated decades of her life to researching how to achieve success by the power of your mindset. Here is a look at some of the most impressive quotes from her book ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.’

“…when people already know they’re deficient, they have nothing to lose by trying.”

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

“Becoming is better than being.”

“Believing that your qualities are carved in stone—the fixed mindset—creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over.”

“Choosing a partner is choosing a set of problems. There are no problem-free candidates.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.”

“Genius is not enough; we need to get the job done.”

“I believe ability can get you to the top,” says coach John Wooden, “but it takes character to keep you there.… It’s so easy to … begin thinking you can just ‘turn it on’ automatically, without proper preparation. It takes real character to keep working as hard or even harder once you’re there. When you read about an athlete or team that wins over and over and over, remind yourself, ‘More than ability, they have character.’”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“People may start with different temperaments and different aptitudes, but it is clear that experience, training, and personal effort take them the rest of the way.”

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

“Praise should deal, not with the child’s personality attributes, but with his efforts and achievements.”

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

“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!”

“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 passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.”

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

“Think about your hero. Do you think of this person as someone with extraordinary abilities who achieved with little effort? Now go find out the truth. Find out the tremendous effort that went into their accomplishment—and admire them more.”

“This is hard. This is fun.”

“This is something I know for a fact: You have to work hardest for the things you love most.”

“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 can I learn from this? What will I do next time I’m in this situation?”

“What did you learn today? What mistake did you make that taught you something? What did you try hard at today?”

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

“Wow, that’s a really good score. You must have worked really hard.”

“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.”

Carol Dweck discusses the ‘Growth Mindset’ at this Google Talk. Having researched the mindsets and self conceptions of others as it structures their behavior, Dweck reviews how the ‘Growth Mindset’ is pertinent to your home, school, and work life.

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