Sunday, June 29, 2014

Magistra Susan Strickland

Magistra Susan Strickland has created a Cheezburger Board where you can see all her marvelous cats. Here are just some of them: visit her Cheezburger Board to see more, and you can also leave comments there as well as make your own versions of these same cats. And if you make a Cheezburger Board of your own, let me know and I will create a page here at the blog to share your Growth Cats too!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Quotes from Carol Dweck's Mindset

This project is a good excuse to re-read Carol Dweck's Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, and I'll be putting some quotes here to use for the project! Do you have favorite quotes from that book? Other quotes, other books to recommend? Let me know: you can use the comment box on this post or the separate Comment Form.

Here are the quotes:

I love a challenge!

A person’s true potential is unknown — and unknowable.

Growth mindset: a passion for stretching yourself.

We have lots of sayings that stress the importance of risk and the power of persistence, such as “Nothing ventured, nothing gained” and “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” or “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

Growth mindset: a special talent for identifying your own strengths and weaknesses.

You can change your mind.

Babies walk, they fall, they get up. They just barge forward.

The bigger the challenge, the more you stretch.

This is hard. This is fun.

Becoming is better than being.

Failure can be a painful experience. But it doesn't define you. It's a problem to be faced, dealt with, and learned from.

You aren't a failure until you start to blame.

You can still be in the process of learning from your mistake until you deny them.

failures may still hurt, but failures don’t define them.

there are still many paths to success.

You have to work hardest for the things you love most.

every day new and larger dragons come along

In the fixed mindset, everything is about the outcome. If you fail—or if you’re not the best—it’s all been wasted. The growth mindset allows people to value what they’re doing regardless of the outcome.

These people may be free of the belief that high effort equals low ability, but they have the other parts of the fixed mindset. They may constantly put their talent on display. They may feel that their talent makes them superior to other people. And they may be intolerant of mistakes, criticism, or setbacks—something that can hamper their progress.

people can choose which world they want to inhabit.

Picture your brain forming new connections as you meet the challenge and learn. Keep on going.

Next time you’re tempted to surround yourself with worshipers, go to church. In the rest of your life, seek constructive criticism.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Book: Mindset - The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck's book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success is available in many formats from You can learn more at the MindSet website.