The Growth Mindset [VIDEO]

A couple of months ago I was chatting with the founder of the Center for Entrepreneurship, Dr. Michael Ames. As happens when you talk with a bright individual like him the conversation quickly shifted into one about ideas, which is fine by me. By the end of our talk, Dr. Ames recommended a couple of books that I should read, including Carol Dweck’s “The Growth Mindset”.

While I haven’t read the book yet (Dr. Ames, I promise I will read it!) I have watched the Google Talk she gave about her book from earlier this year. Dr. Dweck is an engaging speaker and she eloquently conveys her ideas and findings during the course of her talk. Here’s how Google summarized her talk:

“You’re so talented!”, “You are gifted – a natural!”, “You’re doing so well in school, you must be really smart!” – children receive these messages (or their negative counterparts), along with many other messages on a daily basis from their peers, parents and teachers. Are these just words or do they mean more? How are children affected by the words we use to praise, coach and criticize them?

Meet Stanford University’s Professor Dr. Carol S. Dweck to learn more about her fascinating research into “self-conceptions (or mindsets) people use to structure the self and guide their behavior”, and how you can apply a Growth Mindset at home, at school and in your career.

The talk is a little over 45 minutes but I think it is well worth watching.

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