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Embracing a Growth Mindset at Preshil

The third and final Book Club session for this year was all about Dr Carol Dweck's book 'Mindset'. Thank you to all who attended and shared their experiences!

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After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this insightful book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavour can be dramatically impacted by how we think about our talents and abilities.

People with a fixed mindset — those who believe that abilities are fixed — are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset — those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishments.

In this edition, Dweck offers new insights into her now-famous and broadly embraced concept. She introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. She also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organizations. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love — to transform their lives and your own.

This was an enjoyable read for those who were able to attend and a rich discussion was shared about what this looks like for each individual. From work, to play, to parenting, to learning – we explored different strategies and brainstormed a variety of methods to support this at home and at school.

Just one of the many ideas that were discussed was how embracing the power of the word ‘yet’ and how one simple word can totally shift the perspective. For example,

  • “I can’t understand algebra …yet!”
  • “I don’t know how to spell complicated works …yet!”
  • “I don’t like the taste of pumpkin pie …yet!”

Thank you to everyone who attended! We can’t wait to share with you the 2023 book catalogue with you soon!

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