Can “yet” change the world?

Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve

Pick a cliché — it might be true:

  • “Attitude is everything.”
  • “Believe in yourself.”
  • “Fake it ’til you make it.”

While these exercises in positive hyperbole are overused and incalculable, Stanford psychologist and researcher Carol Dweck (right) shows the truth and the hope that dwell in a positive outlook, especially when it comes to your own ability to get to the next level.  Expounding on “the power of yet” and what a positive approach to difficult challenges can mean to an endeavor, it’s hard not to smile at the irresistible uplift in her message.  It’s also stunningly easy to adopt and apply the concepts to whatever you’re working on, right now and in the future.

This one could change your own life, as well as the lives of your students, family and friends.  Brace yourself.

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UPDATE: New article from the Wall Street Journal, 2/4/15:

The Dangers of Believing That Talent Is Innate

Are our academic programs biased due to a basic belief that talent is bred rather than developed?  Click here for the full article (sub. may be required)


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

How  We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential
by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

Paperback (Also available in hardback, audiobook and Kindle editions)

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.

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success–but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals–personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.


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