Think about your intelligence, talents and personality. Do you believe that you were born with these traits or are you able to develop them over time? These notions are called mindsets and can define your beliefs about yourself and your most basic qualities. These mindsets explain: why brains and talent don’t always bring success; how teaching a simple idea about the brain raises grades and productivity; what all great parents, teachers and athletes know.
Two different mindsets exist, fixed and growth. 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. It is also believed that talent alone creates success – without effort. Challenges should be avoided.
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.
TRPD works with the Growth Mindset. Teaching a Growth Mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education and sports. The Growth Mindset encourages:
- Skills: skills can always be sharpened with hard work and be acquired through practice in order to improve
- Challenges: challenges are welcomed and present an opportunity to grow
- Effort: effort is encouraged as anything good is worth working for
- Feedback: with honest opinions and feedback, players can improve
- Setbacks: setbacks are believed to be necessary to the learning process because you never know what will work, until you know what won’t