“Failure is an opportunity to grow.”
“I can learn to do anything I want.”
“Challenges help me to grow”
“My effort and attitude determine my abilities”
“Feedback is constructive”
“I am inspired by the success of others”
“I like to try new things
You might have come across the quotes mentioned above. You might have heard it from a famous personality or a great speaker or a world leader or maybe from one of your friends. Let us just put it out there that these people are Growth minded people. They have a mind for innovative thinking.
Carol Dweck, a psychologist, in her book: “Mindset: The new psychology of success”, popularized the concept of a growth mindset.
According to her, “In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them.
They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort.”
However, “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment,” says Dweck.
Everybody talks about it, yet students are faced with the problem to succeed, to even pass their exams, to pass their college.
Growth mindset in education is not just limited to students but rather is open for teachers as well. Growth-minded teachers create a Growth and like-minded environment of students who then, possess the urge to compete with their colleagues and to become a better version of themselves. It (Growth mindset) is a constant work in progress. When our possibilities are amplified that same thing happens for the staff and students that we serve.
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
– Charles Swindoll
Individuals, mostly students, are reluctant to learn anything from the world outside their classroom. They are so focused on passing their examinations that they just study for the Doomsday i.e. Exam day.
Here comes the part where teachers activeness plays a prominent role. Professors mindset and their will to challenge students to do something and learn apart from their academic schedule is the way to go. To push the students into research work, into work that will allow them to see the world outside school and college, can lead to the making of some outstanding individuals. These similar challenges can be put up to professors and scholars. Learning and growing have no age and neither will it ever have one.
Our will to do extraordinary things won’t arise by sitting behind a book but the moment you apply that book knowledge into the world, you will open yourself to someone you had never met before and that someone would be ‘You’.
Individuals who are open to learning new things from their environment through input by others along with good strategies and hard work have a growth mindset. They even tend to achieve more because they do not care about looking smart but rather they put more energy into learning.
People generally say, “Oh I want that but I don’t know how to get it,” and it is the end of story for them but people who say, “Oh I want that, let me learn and see how can I achieve it,” are the ones who change the world because they carry a positive and a growth-oriented mindset. It’s hard work, but individuals can gain a lot by deepening their understanding of growth-mindset concepts and the processes for putting them into practice. It gives them a richer sense of who they are, what they stand for, and how they want to move forward and achieve their dreams and change the world.