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Quotes on growth mindset

This post about quotes on growth mindset is not the same as my post about quotes on mindset.

As mentioned in that post, a mindset (in the general sense) is a collection of attitudes and/or beliefs that shape how we operate in the world.

We all have a multitude of mindsets in different areas.

You could have an abundance mindset or a scarcity mindset, a leader mindset or follower mindset.

From a career standpoint you could have an entrepreneurial mindset or a conservative, traditional mindset.

One of the more overarching mindsets that is critical for sustained success in life is the growth mindset.

The growth mindset was made popular by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in her book, Mindset.

The basic idea of the growth mindset is based around the belief that anything can be improved with a dedication to get better though study or practice.

This stands in contrast to a fixed mindset where the belief is that ability is innate and if you have to work hard at it, you’re just not meant to do it.

These quotes on mindset won’t change your life on their own. But they can motivate, inspire, and cause you to think about things differently.  

The more you think about things differently, the more likely you are to take different actions.  Over time, taking different actions will change your life.

In a roundabout way, quotes on mindset (or quotes in general) can be an impetus for self improvement and change.  

For example, one of my favorite quotes on growth mindset is:

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

– Albert Einstein (more quotes by Albert Einstein)

You’ll never get me to believe that Albert Einstein wasn’t extremely intelligent. However, that doesn’t take away from the message he was getting at.

Regardless of your current skill level or knowledge, you won’t know how far you can go if you quit trying.

The growth mindset is about staying with problems rather than avoiding them. It’s about facing (and even enjoying) challenges.

When babies are learning to walk, they naturally do this. The stumble and they fall but they keep trying until they learn to walk.

We can make a conscious choice to develop a growth mindset and apply the same determination to solving problems.

The above quote might not have any significance for you, but chances are there are at least a few that will.

Check out the list below and see if some of the quotes on growth mindset resonate with you.  If they do, commit them to memory and draw upon them when needed.

One of them could be just what you need at just the right time to help modify your thinking.  Armed with new thoughts, have the courage to act on them and behave differently.  

Over time, self improvement and change are inevitable.

Quotes on growth mindset

“For no matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.”

– Carol S. Dweck

“You have not failed unless you have quit trying.”

– Gordon B. Hinckley

“Sometimes people with the growth mindset stretch themselves so far that they do the impossible.”

– Carol S. Dweck

“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”

– Frank A. Clark

“It’s ironic: The top is where the fixed-mindset people hunger to be, but it’s where many growth-minded people arrive as a by-product of their enthusiasm for what they do.”

– Carol S. Dweck

“There are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy.” – Albert Ellis

“With practice, training, and above all, method, we manage to increase our attention, our memory, our judgment and literally to become more intelligent than we were before.”

– Carol S. Dweck

“I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures. . .I divide the world into the learners and the non-learners.”

– Benjamin Barber

“The growth mindset allows people to value what they’re doing regardless of the outcome.”

– Carol S. Dweck

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”

– Albert Ellis

“The growth mindset is a starting point for change, but people need to decide for themselves where their efforts toward change would be most valuable.”

– Carol S. Dweck

 “Unless you’re willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won’t happen.” – Phillip Adams

“This is a wonderful feature of the growth mindset. You don’t have to think you’re already great at something to want to do it and to enjoy doing it.”

– Carol S. Dweck

“Don’t worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” – Sherman Finesilver

“A person’s true potential is unknown (and unknowable); that it’s impossible to foresee what can be accomplished with years of passion, toil, and training.”

– Carol S. Dweck

“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.”

– B.C. Forbes

“You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By applying yourself to the task of becoming a little better each and every day over a period of time, you will become a lot better.”

– Carol S. Dweck

“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.”

– J. W. Goethe

“With his growth mindset, he asked, “ How can I teach them?” not “ Can I teach them?” And ” How will they learn best?” not “Can they learn?”

– Carol S. Dweck

“Vision is not enough. It must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps; we must also step up the stairs.”

– Vaclac Havel

“Did I win? Did I lose? Those are the wrong questions. The correct question is: Did I make my best effort?”

– Carol S. Dweck

“The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.” – Wallace Wattles

“In the growth mindset, it’s almost inconceivable to want something badly, to think you have a chance to achieve it, and then do nothing about it.”

– Carol S. Dweck

“We find comfort among those who agree with us, and growth among those who don’t.”

– Frank A. Clark

“With the right mindset and the right teaching, people are capable of a lot more than we think.”

– Carol S. Dweck

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

“When we taught people the growth mindset, it completely changed the way they reacted to their depressed mood. The worse they felt, the more motivated they became and the more they confronted the problems that faced them.”

– Carol S. Dweck

“The problem human beings face is not that we aim too high and fail, but that we aim too low and succeed.”

– Michelangelo

“You have a choice. Mindsets are just beliefs. They’re powerful beliefs, but they’re just something in your mind, and you can change your mind. Think about where you’d like to go and which mindset will take you there.”

– Carol S. Dweck

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

“If, like those with the growth mindset, you believe you can develop yourself, then you’re open to accurate information about your current abilities, even if it’s unflattering.”

– Carol S. Dweck

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make a mistake.”

– Elbert Hubbard

“The fixed mindset makes you concerned with how you’ll be judged; the growth mindset makes you concerned with improving.”

– Carol S. Dweck

“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you don’t give anything, don’t expect anything. Success is not coming to you, you must come to it.”

– Carol S. Dweck

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

– Henry Ford

“The growth mindset is the belief that abilities can be cultivated. But it doesn’t tell you how much change is possible or how long change will take.”

– Carol S. Dweck

“Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

“Actually, sometimes you plunge into something because you’re not good at it. This is a wonderful feature of the growth mindset.”

– Carol S. Dweck

“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure.”

– Thomas Watson

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