Looking for positive growth mindset quotes? Want encouragement to continue to learn and improve?
This blog post will help you out. We have 100 of the best quotes about developing a growth mindset.
But before we dig into these quotes, let’s make sure we are all on the same page and understand the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset?
Through this study, Dr. Dweck found out that there are individuals who have the understanding that we can develop our intelligence and abilities, that is, we can grow.
The individuals who possess this understanding were observed to bounce back better from failure, and Dr. Dweck described the attitude they possessed as “growth mindset”.
She also used the term “fixed mindset” to describe those who were devastated even with minor setbacks.
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What is growth mindset?
Carol Dweck, a professor at Stanford University coined the theory of growth mindset.
This theory categorises human learning and intelligence patterns into two categories – fixed mindset and growth mindset.
Fixed mindset is when individuals consider that their abilities and talents are constrained to a fixed set.
On the other hand, when individuals believe that they can improve their abilities, intelligence and talents through their efforts, it is termed as growth mindset.
Theologians and teachers from ancient times have expounded on the inherent ability of the mind to grow and become smarter.
But it was Prof. Dweck who first developed a structured theory on the characteristics of growth mindsets.
You can watch a great TED talk with Carol Dweck on growth mindset here.
Fixed mindset vs growth mindset
According to Carol Dweck’s Mindset Theory, we all fall somewhere along a spectrum when it comes to our implicit beliefs. At one end, it’s possible to have a fixed mindset or an entity theory:
“A fixed mindset is when people believe their basic qualities, their intelligence, their talents, their abilities, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount, and that’s that.”
If your implicit beliefs fall at the other end of the spectrum, you have a growth mindset – incremental theory:
“(You) believe that even basic talents and abilities can be developed over time through experience, mentorship, and so on…and these are the people who go for it. (Dweck, 2012)”
A fixed mindset can often be associated with negative feelings when individuals encounter a setback.
If we fail to meet goals (say an A+ in a test or a promotion at work), we may feel inadequate – that’s all we’re supposedly capable of after all, innately.
Having a growth mindset, on the other hand, means we view our failures as “development points” and can work on them to succeed.
Perhaps for readily apparent reasons, Mindset Theory often gets applied in learning.
100 Positive Growth Mindset Quotes – Inspirational!
Read through the 100 growth mindset quotes below and, by the time you’re finished, you’ll feel like you’re ready to take on the world and that nothing can stop you.
“A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
“Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better? Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them?
Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you?
The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.”
“You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.”
“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn …and change.”
“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”
“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”
“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
“What we learn with pleasure we never forget.”
“People learn something every day, and a lot of times it’s that what they learned the day before was wrong.”
“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”
Clay P. Bedford
“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.”
“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”
“The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think — rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.”
“Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
“Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.”
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
“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.”
“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”
“Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.#
John C. Maxwell
“A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.”
“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.”
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
“Action is the foundational key to all success.”
“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.”
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.”
“Nine tenths of education is encouragement.”
“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.”
“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.”
David M. Burns
“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
“To teach is to learn twice.”
“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.“
“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
“There is always a step small enough from where we are to get us to where we want to be. If we take that small step, there’s always another we can take, and eventually a goal thought to be too far to reach becomes achievable.”
“It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time – for we are bound by that – but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.”
“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”
Charles F. Kettering
“The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.”
Alexandra K. Trenfor
“Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.”
“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
“Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.”
John W. Gardner
“After every difficulty, ask yourself two questions: “What did I do right?” and “What would I do differently?”
“The greatest mistake a person can make is to be afraid of making one.”’
“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”
“The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it.”
“Test scores and measures of achievement tell you where a student is, but they don’t tell you where a student could end up.”
Carol S. Dweck
“Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.”
“There’s no such thing as failure, only results.”
“It’s not that I’m so smart. It’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”
Frank A. Clark
“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
“The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.”
“Mindset change is not about picking up a few pointers here and there. It’s about seeing things in a new way. When people change to a growth mindset, they change from a judge-and-be-judged framework to a learn-and-help-learn framework. Their commitment is to growth, and growth take plenty of time, effort, and mutual support.”
“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.”
“Be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So sail away from the safe harbour. Explore, Dream, Discover.”
“Work hard now. Don’t wait. If you work hard enough, you’ll be given what you deserve.”
“You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By becoming a little better each and every day, over a period of time, you will become a lot better.”
“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure.”
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
“Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
Joshua J. Marine
“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
“A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”
”Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.”
“True self-confidence is “the courage to be open—to welcome change and new ideas regardless of their source.” Real self-confidence is not reflected in a title, an expensive suit, a fancy car, or a series of acquisitions. It is reflected in your mindset: your readiness to grow.”
“I am always doing what I cannot do yet. In order to learn how to do it.”
Vincent Van Gogh
“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”
“We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
Growth Mindset Quotes for Kids and the Classroom
“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.”
“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence.”
Carol S. Dweck
“Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.”
“Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”
“Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.”
Leonardo da Vinci
“Minds are like parachutes, they only function when they are open.”
“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.”
“They cannot stop me. I will get my education, if it is in the home, school, or anyplace.”
“The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.”
“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”
“Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.”
“Look for the good in every situation, seek the valuable lesson in every setback, look for the solution to every problem. Think and talk continually about your goals.”
“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”
100 Positive Growth Mindset Quotes – Final thought
Success is not about the money earned but more about the growth in life. It is in the ability to quickly dealing with your problems.
You should learn to find a concrete solution and solve the problem at once, this will let you move on in life.
Now that you have the inspiration from these great thinkers and leaders, you can be a little more motivated when you’re trying to maintain a growth mindset in life.
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