From One SA Pro to Another: Understanding Growth Mindset and the Power of “Yet”

Have you ever had a student who said they just can’t do it?

Growth mindset is a concept that is spoken of frequently in the hallways of InsideTrack. This is an idea put forth by Stanford professor Carol Dweck after decades of research. In a growth mindset,

“People believe that the 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.”

With this concept, if a student thinks he or she “just can’t do it,” a coach might suggest that they just can’t do it…yet. This replaces the mindset that intelligence and talent are fixed traits that a person is born with, not something you continually work on to improve.

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Consider using this idea of a growth mindset in your coaching practice. Let’s help students understand that failure isn’t an end point – it’s a learning point.

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