Mindsets: Developing Talent Through a Growth Mindset. Winning Scotland Foundation September 19, 2008. “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 nonlearners.”. - Benjamin Barber. Mindsets.
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Winning Scotland Foundation
September 19, 2008
“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 nonlearners.”
- Benjamin Barber
…Myth of the “natural”
…Talent is a starting point
The Mindset Rules
LOOK SMART OR TALENTED AT ALL COSTS
LEARN, LEARN, LEARN
“The main thing I want when I do my school work is to show how good I am at it.”
“It’s much more important for me to learn things in my classes than it is to get the best grades.”
Interest in English Course
Fixed: DON’T WORK TOO HARD
“To tell the truth, when I work hard at my school work it makes me feel like I’m not very smart.”
Growth: WORK HARD, EFFORT IS KEY
“The harder you work at something, the better you’ll be at it.”
IN THE FACE OF SETBACKS…
CONCEAL MISTAKES OR DEFICIENCIES
EMBRACE MISTAKES, CONFRONT DEFICIENCIES
“I’d spend less time on this subject from now on.”
“I would try not to take this subject ever again.”
“I would try to cheat on the next test.”
“I would work harder in this class from now on.”
“I would spend more time studying for the tests.”
Level of Strategies Examined
IN 2005, HIS SPECIALTY WAS ELIMINATED FROM THE OLYMPICS; HE HAD TO REINVENT HIMSELF.
“Maybe because they were so gifted and won so easily, they didn’t really have the desire to work hard when they had to, and they also didn’t like the feeling of losing when it happened.”
From Orr & Kemp, “Be a Winner”
Putting is not a strong feature of his game.
He is noted for his lack of focus, and quite often becomes distracted by seemingly very minor incidents.
When not playing well, tantrums and blaming others.
Racing Car Drivers
Messages We Send
Intelligence Praise: “That’s a really good score. You must be smart at this.”
Effort/Process Praise: “That’s a really good score. You must have tried really hard.”
After Difficult Trial:
Number of Problems Solved
Type of Praise Given
Where are the coachable athletes?
How Intelligence (Talent) is Portrayed
“When you’re playing against guys who are really consistent, you have to find three or four ways to win points, and not just with your serve,” says Murray of his multi-dimensional arsenal.
Brother, Jamie, was the “natural.”
(Peter Heslin & colleagues)
After receiving a growth mindset workshop, managers showed greater: