Growth Mindset Research Paper

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According to Carla Marie Boulianne’s review of Carol Dweck’s book, “Mindset” most individuals have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. A fixed mindset allows for people to believe they are naturally smart or stupid, and there is not much that can be done to change a person’s circumstances. A growth mindset allows for people to believe that life is changeable with perseverance. Choosing to accept a growth mindset involves accepting life’s challenges and turning failure into future successes. A growth mindset is the best option if you’d like to reach your full potential in life.

I didn’t always believe that life is changeable. For half of my life I lived as though it was wise to make the best out of the hand I was dealt. My past experiences encouraged me to believe that failure was inevitable, and to protect myself, I chose not to believe that personal growth was not an option, and I purposely avoided a challenge, even if it would have resulted in a better life circumstance. For these reasons, I chose to categorize myself as having a fixed mindset for much of my past, and also the reason for determining that I currently foster a growth mindset.

I quit school at a very young age. When adopting a growth mindset, I knew that going back to school was the first step toward positive change in my life! My mind
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I believe that having a fixed mindset for so long, and being able to recognize that life wasn’t going the way I had hoped, encouraged me to make big changes. At this point in life, I try to be very mindful of my thoughts and actions. I encourage myself not to feel guilty about my past experiences, as they do not define who I am, and what I am capable of accomplishing. I believe that thinking this way is a good example of fostering a more growth-minded approach. I am happy to report that I just ordered Dr. Dweck’s book, and I cannot wait to read and learn