“Not Yet” – This short phrase embodies how I feel about teenagers (It’s also how I like to think about myself). The phrase evokes optimism, opportunity for success, future possibilities. It is the opposite of: failed, inadequate, unable, sub-par. Rather than thinking about what we can and can’t do, we’re able think about what we have achieved and what we have yet to achieve.
Carol Dweck, whose speaking style may not immediately appeal to teens, delivers a powerfully liberating message that we can become what we want if we embody a growth mindset: the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. That our brains become more capable during the times we struggle to achieve. [Read more…]