Carol Dweck: Two Mindsets Fixed Mindset • We are born good at some things and not good at others • Want to feel smart, fear failure Growth Mindset • Brain is a muscle that gets stronger with use • Going through the world wanting to learn
Billy Beane: Moneyball • Beane chose to sign with the New York Mets in 1980 with $125 000 signing bonus ($354 150 in todays dollars) instead of attending Stanford University. • The mets were enamored by his talent and thought he was the best all round player they had seen coming out of high school in a long time. • Unfortunately he didn’t have the Mindset necessary for success in high pressure sports. He had always been the best and couldn’t develop the growth mindset necessary for dealing with failure when he was surrounded by more experienced, although not as gifted athletes
How do we change our mindset? The simple answer is to learn the differences between the two! The voice in your head: subconsciously it controls us: but when you start to think about why success and ultimate happiness relies so heavily on the growth mindset you can train that voice to speak about perseverance, optimism, grit, and brain development instead of the desire to feel smart vs.fear of failure, likes vs. dislikes, strengths vs. weakness ect.
Brain development: Neural Plasticity Neuroplasticity occurs inside us everyday as we encounter new experiences. Below you’ll see several photographs of neural circuity in the brain. From the left the pictures show us the neural circuity of a newborn, then a 3 month old, 15 month old, and 2 year old. As the child ages, their brain’s wiring becomes increasingly more complex and interconnected. Neuroplasticity is what allows us to take our experiences, then learn from them and form new memories. Huge changes are occurring in the brain during these early stages of cognitive development, but the truth is that our neural networks continue to build on each other until the day we die.