The Power of "I Can..."

Brain lifting weightsHaving a Growth Mindset, or the belief that the brain can grow and become stronger through learning new things, was discovered by Carol Dweck, Ph.D., a Stanford University professor.
According to Dr. Dweck, students with a growth mindset exhibit more effort, perseverance, and lower levels anxiety when trying new things than students with a fixed mindset.

On the contrary, those with a Fixed Mindset believe that we cannot change our ability, and that we can't get better at something with effort and practice.
 Hear about Dr. Dweck's study on Praise and Mindsets:

Watch Dr. Dweck's talk on the Power of Believing You Can Improve:

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