Welcome back to the series where I review TEDx videos and write five takeaways from them. This video is about “Developing a Growth Mindset- Carol Dweck.” Carol is a psychologist and an author of a popular book on growth mindset.

In the video, Carol explains about a certain phrase called not yet, and how it helps us and enables learning and growth. To find out how kids cope up with challenges, Carol conducted an experiment where she gave 10-year olds problems or challenges that were a level above their age/grade. There were reactions where some children took this test in a positive light while other children took it as catastrophic and horrible. They also thought their intelligence was being judged. These students have a fix mindset unlike the other students who wanted to learn and improve. Carol also explains that studies show that these students would often either cheat or find someone who has done worse so they could feel better when they fail rather than studying or working harder. In most cases the student will even run away from difficulty.

I also have written an article previously on how to have a mindset of a champion, but these are too very similar topics. The transition between a growth and a fixed mindset is hard but I am trying to improve the articles without my father’s help starting from this one. I mostly take my dad’s feedback in a more negative side, but this TED talk has changed my perspective on writing these articles and I want more people to read and give me more feedback. I am trying to look at things in a positive way and not crave for appreciation. Progress on these aspects of myself are yet to be achieved.

Carol explains about the brain research done by Moser Schroder and his team on the brain comparison of kids with a growth and fixed mindset when they encounter errors. Carol shows a picture of the brains where the red signature is the processing done by the kids. There was none by the fixed mindset brain while the growth mindset brain had a lot of red signature in the brain. This shows that the kid with a growth mindset was processing the errors and was learning from them. Carol puts up a thought on how are parents raising their kids for “now” or “yet” and if they are focused on the next A test score or dreaming big instead of thinking what they want to be or contribute to “society”. Carol also says that many employers are coming to her and saying that they have already created a generation of young workers who cannot get through the day without a reward

Carol the starts explaining on how to build a bridge to “yet”, to a growth mindset.



Here are the takeaways on building a growth mindset


  1. Praising wisely

when praising kids for the process they engage in hard work makes them learn resilience and working hard while praising talent and intelligence makes them vulnerable


  1. Importance of the words “yet and” not yet”

These create greater confidence and greater persistence in students


  1. Changing mindsets directly

Teaching students that every time they pushed out of their comfort zone to do or lean something very hard and they stuck to it.


  1. How pushing through comfort zone helps in development

It helps the neurons form newer and stronger connections and over time could become smarter. Those who leaned this had a sharp increase in their grades


  1. One more thing that can be done is developing a growth mindset style of teaching and grading, results can also be shown in the improvement in student’s grades


Thank you for reading this article on growth mindset, if you have not read the last one be sure to check it out. Also, I wish everyone and their families a big Happy New Year and hope everyone has a great one. I hope everyone has their new year resolutions and hopefully we can wave goodbye to coronavirus. I also apologize since I have not been uploading blogs recently and I will do my best to keep up. Link for the video-



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