Mindset Quotes | Carol S. Dweck

Mindset Quotes With Page Numbers. In 2006, psychologist Carol S. Dweck, PhD, the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, released the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, as a layperson’s guide to her decades of academic research. 

Initially interested in areas of motivation, personality, and development, the author gravitated toward research in cognitive motivation theory. She eventually discovered that the concepts of “fixed” and “growth” mindsets explain what motivates some people to embrace challenges and bounce back after setbacks while others do the opposite. Her research culminated in mindset theory.

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Mindset Quotes

Mindset Quotes

  • “He didn’t ask for mistake-free games. He didn’t demand that his players never lose. He asked for full preparation and full effort from them. “Did I win? Did I lose? Those are the wrong questions. The correct question is: Did I make my best effort?” If so, he says, “You may be outscored but you will never lose.”
  • “We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.”
  • “no matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.”
  • “Picture your brain forming new connections as you meet the challenge and learn. Keep on going.”
  • “So what should we say when children complete a task—say, math problems—quickly and perfectly? Should we deny them the praise they have earned? Yes. When this happens, I say, “Whoops. I guess that was too easy. I apologize for wasting your time. Let’s do something you can really learn from!”
  • “I don’t mind losing as long as I see improvement or I feel I’ve done as well as I possibly could.”
  • “This is something I know for a fact: You have to work hardest for the things you love most.”
  • “it’s not always the people who start out the smartest who end up the smartest.”
  • “Genius is not enough; we need to get the job done.”
  • “John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach, says you aren’t a failure until you start to blame. What he means is that you can still be in the process of learning from your mistakes until you deny them.”
  • “Don’t judge. Teach. It’s a learning process.”
  • “Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better?”
  • “I derive just as much happiness from the process as from the results.”
  • “Think about your hero. Do you think of this person as someone with extraordinary abilities who achieved with little effort? Now go find out the truth. Find out the tremendous effort that went into their accomplishment—and admire them more.”
  • “Praise should deal, not with the child’s personality attributes, but with his efforts and achievements.”
  • “All kids misbehave. Research shows that normal young children misbehave every three minutes. Does it become an occasion for judgement of their character or an occasion for teaching?”
  • “If you don’t give anything, don’t expect anything. Success is not coming to you, you must come to it.”

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Mindset Quotes With Page Numbers

  • “The growth mindset says all of these things can be developed. All – you, your partner, and the relationship – are capable of growths and change.” (page. 148)
  • It had to be a person with a fixed mindset who coined the phrase “Revenge is sweet because people with the growth mindset have little taste for it.” (page. 145)
  • “Change can be tough, but I’ve never heard anyone say it wasn’t worth it.” (page. 246)
  • “Every day presents you with ways to grow and to help the people you care about grow.” (page. 244).
  • “How can you remember to look for these chances?” (page. 244).
  • “Praising children’s intelligence harms their motivation and it harms their performance.” (page. 170, 175).
  • “Speed and perfection are the enemy of difficult learning.” (page. 173, 179).
  • “I believe ability can get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” (page. 97).
  • “The mark of a champion is the ability to win when things are not quite right.” (page. 95).
  • “Here lies a man who was wise enough to bring into his service men [and women] who knew more than he.” (page. 124).
  • “Look failure in the face.” (page. 110).
  • “ . . . there’s a lot of intelligence out there being wasted by underestimating students’ potential to develop.” (page. 64).
  • “You mean I don’t have to be dumb?” (page. 59).
  • “The problem is when special begins to mean better than others.” (page. 30).
  • “Becoming is better than being.” (p. 25).
  • “The other thing exceptional people seem to have is a special talent for converting life’s setbacks into future successes.” (page. 11).
  • “Everyone has a role model, someone who pointed the way at a critical moment in their lives.” (page. 3).
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