So right now I am reading this book for school called “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol S Dweck, PhD. OMG! I wish I had read this book years ago. All parents, teachers, coaches, and bosses should read this book. It’s amazing! I am so glad to be working and learning in a school that requires this type of reading.
First of all, it discusses the definition of and differences they found between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. For example, praising your child’s effort is a growth mindset and your child is more likely to keep trying and putting in effort. An example of a fixed mindset is telling a child how smart they are but what happens when they struggle or get something wrong? They will feel like a failure because they are no longer “smart”. This can make them stop trying.
A growth mindset believes you can work hard and succeed, the fixed mindset believes you are born this way and effort is not important. A fixed mindset coach believes win and losing are most important and they define his/her coaching. A growth mindset asks players to put in effort, work hard, and learn from mistakes.
It’s fascinating. They did studies with kids where they were able to change the child’s mindset, and improve outcomes and performance, by adjusting how they explained instructions or expected outcomes.
The book is full of examples and studies comparing these two types of mindsets and how simple changes in communication can improve a person’s self-esteem and level of success.
Truly this is great book for all to read but especially parents, coaches, and teachers.