Becoming is better than being

Mukul Dixit
Mukul Dixit
23 Sep, 21 · 5 min read
Becoming is better than being
It all starts with a belief and end there…If you are thinking of your today’s reality, think of your beliefs in the past.

Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.

Mahatma Gandhi
The stereotypical belief that it is impossible for a dusky skin women to get their prince charming, made some lovely cream a super brand. Although the notion has changed in 21st century but it took more than a century.

Now when it comes to children, we can’t leave it to time to change a belief if they have subscribed for it.

You have seen children struggling to understand simplest of things. It is because they doubt their ability to learn. The good news is and we all know it that children easily believe what they are told. So if children are made to believe that they have the ability to learn can really increase their ability to learn. The answer according to growth mindset researchers is, Yes.

A more detailed look at mindset theory, as well as some of the ways that teachers can foster growth mindset in the classroom, illustrates mindset development’s importance in education.
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What is Growth Mindset?


Growth mindset is a skill for life. It is very much evident, in the time we are living , it has become very important for every human to believe in their ability to learn at any age. That is what growth mindset is. Its hallmark is the conviction that human qualities like intelligence and creativity, and even relational capacities like love and friendship, can be cultivated through effort and deliberate practice.

At the heart of what makes the “growth mindset” so winsome, Dweck found, is that it creates a passion for learning rather than a hunger for approval. Not only are people with this mindset not discouraged by failure, but they don’t actually see themselves as failing in those situations — they see themselves as learning.

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Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset


These are two different world. Intelligence is static in one and can be developed in the other.
Graphic Credits: Carol Dweck and Nigel Holmes
Graphic Credits: Carol Dweck and Nigel Holmes
When you enter a mindset, you enter a new world. In one world — the world of fixed traits — success is about proving you’re smart or talented. Validating yourself. In the other — the world of changing qualities — it’s about stretching yourself to learn something new. Developing yourself.

In one world, failure is about having a setback. Getting a bad grade. Losing a tournament. Getting fired. Getting rejected. It means you’re not smart or talented. In the other world, failure is about not growing. Not reaching for the things you value. It means you’re not fulfilling your potential.

In one world, effort is a bad thing. It, like failure, means you’re not smart or talented. If you were, you wouldn’t need effort. In the other world, effort is what makes you smart or talented.

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Carol Dweck’s mindset experiments with kids

  • Experiment 1: When children were given a choice: They could either redo an easy jigsaw puzzle, or try a harder one. Those with fixed mindset chose the easier one to make sure they succeeded in order to seem smart while those with growth mindset perplexed why anyone would want to do the same puzzle over and over if they aren’t learning anything new.
  • Experiment 2: In a brain lab, when children were given to answer difficult questions and receive feedback. Those with fixed mindset were interested in hearing the right answer or feedback that reflected directly on their present ability, but tuned out information that could help them learn and improve. Those with a growth mindset, on the other hand, were keenly attentive to information that could help them expand their existing knowledge and skill, regardless of whether they’d gotten the question right or wrong — in other words, their priority was learning, not the binary trap of success and failure.
  • Experiment 3: Children were given a very easy non verbal IQ test and most of them performed well. They were divided in groups and were praised differently. First for their existing ability and other for their effort. The ability praise pushed children right into the fixed mindset and when given a choice they rejected a new challenging task. While children praised for effort, wanted to try the challenging new task that they could learn from. The most unsettling finding came after the IQ questions were completed, when the researchers asked the kids to write private letters to their peers relaying the experience, including a space for reporting their scores on the problems. To Dweck’s devastation, the most toxic byproduct of the fixed mindset turned out to be dishonesty: Forty percent of the ability-praised kids lied about their scores, inflating them to look more successful.

For twenty years, my research has shown that the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value. How does this happen? How can a simple belief have the power to transform your psychology and, as a result, your life?

Carol Dweck

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What it all comes down to is that a mindset is an interpretative process that tells us what is going on around us. Whether you’re talking about career success, starting your own business, getting through a tough workout or being a parent, having the right mindset can make the difference between success and failure. Growth mindset has been widely embraced inside and outside of education.

Out of these two mindsets, which we manifest from a very early age, springs a great deal of our behavior, our relationship with success and failure in both professional and personal contexts, and ultimately our capacity for happiness.
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