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40 Carol Dweck Quotes About A Growth Mindset

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Carol Dweck Quotes About A Growth Mindset

Our latest collection of Carol Dweck quotes on Everyday Power Blog.

What is a Growth Mindset?

Dweck defines a growth mindset as: “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[.]”

How can you develop your own growth mindset?

Changing our mindset is not easy and we hope that this collection of growth mindset quotes inspires you to develop yours!

1.) Test scores and measures of achievement tell you where a student is, but they don’t tell you where a student could end up. – Carol Dweck

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2.) Becoming is better than being. – Carol Dweck

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3.) Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better? Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? 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. – Carol Dweck

 

4.) 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. – Carol Dweck

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5.) 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! – Carol Dweck

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6.) 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. – Carol Dweck

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7.) Picture your brain forming new connections as you meet the challenge and learn. Keep on going. – Carol Dweck

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8.) 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 lifespan and is shaped by experience. – Carol Dweck

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9.) This is hard. This is fun. – Carol Dweck

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10.) Important achievements require a clear focus, all-out effort, and a bottomless trunk full of strategies. Plus allies in learning. – Carol Dweck

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11.) 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. – Carol Dweck

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12.) Wow, that’s a really good score. You must have worked really hard. – Carol Dweck

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13.) A company that cannot self-correct cannot thrive. – Carol Dweck

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14.) Vowing, even intense vowing, is often useless. The next day comes and the next day goes. What works is making a vivid, concrete plan. – Carol Dweck

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15.) What did you learn today? What mistake did you make that taught you something? What did you try hard at today? – Carol Dweck

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16.) What can I learn from this? What will I do next time I’m in this situation? – Carol Dweck

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17.) Choosing a partner is choosing a set of problems. There are no problem-free candidates. – Carol Dweck

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18.) The whole point of marriage is to encourage your partner’s development and have them encourage yours. – Carol Dweck

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19.) 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

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20.) Teaching is a wonderful way to learn. – Carol Dweck

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21.) 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. – Carol Dweck

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22.) 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. – Carol Dweck

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23.) …when people already know they’re deficient, they have nothing to lose by trying. – Carol Dweck

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24.) 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.’ – Carol Dweck

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25.) I don’t mind losing as long as I see improvement or I feel I’ve done as well as I possibly could. – Carol Dweck

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More uplifting Carol Dweck quotes

 

26.) No matter what your current ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.  – Carol Dweck

 

27.) Picture your brain forming new connections as you meet the challenge and learn. Keep on going.  – Carol Dweck

 

28.) A growth mindset is belief you can develop abilities.  – Carol Dweck

 

29.) 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.’  – Carol Dweck

 

30.) The other thing exceptional people seem to have is a special talent for converting life’s setbacks into future successes.  – Carol Dweck

 

31.) You have to work hardest for the things you love most.  – Carol Dweck

 

32.) Believing that your qualities are carved in stone—the fixed mindset—creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over.  – Carol Dweck

 

33.) Even in the growth mindset, failure can be a painful experience. But it doesn’t define you. It’s a problem to be faced, dealt with, and learned from.  – Carol Dweck

 

34.) When people with the fixed mindset opt for success over growth, what are they really trying to prove? That they’re special. Even superior.  – Carol Dweck

 

35.) You’re in charge of your mind. You can help it grow by using it in the right way.  – Carol Dweck

 

36.) Those with the growth mindset found setbacks motivating. They’re informative. They’re a wakeup call.  – Carol Dweck

 

37.) The students with growth mindset completely took charge of their learning and motivation. – Carol Dweck

 

38.) Character, heart, the mind of a champion. It’s what makes great athletes and it’s what comes from the growth mindset with its focus on self-development, self-motivation, and responsibility. – Carol Dweck

 

39.) Only people with a growth mindset paid close attention to information that could stretch their knowledge. Only for them was learning a priority. – Carol Dweck

 

40.) Your horse is only as fast as your brain. Every time you learn something, your horse will move ahead. – Carol Dweck

 

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