Do I Really Think I Can Do Or Be What I Want? Or Have I Boxed Myself In?
Carol Dweck argues we can limit our opportunities by being too fixed in our mindsets - and that the ones who ultimately succeed believe in the word "yet"
Her TED Talk, "The Power of Yet" delves into her findings that the kinds of kids who actually do well at school aren't necessarily naturally gifted at anything - they just take joy in challenges and, crucially, believe they can get better at things.
It is something we could all do well to remember. Perhaps we just haven't quite got to wherever we want... yet.
And, reassuringly in a recent interview (above), she points out that there isn't any particular kind of person who is blessed all round with this kind of thinking.
There isn't a "Growth Mindset Type" per se.
All of us can be optimistic about our abilities and ambitions in some areas yet crushingly pessimistic in others, she says. And she advises we would do well to be aware of those areas of our life where we close off opportunities to ourselves in the mistaken belief we do not have what it takes to get there.
It might be wise to keep that in mind next time we catch a "fit of the envies"...