Professor Carol Dweck discusses the “growth mindset” and the concept of “not yet” in this TEDtalk, which was recommended to us by our wellness chair, Nisat!
Carol talks about a study she conducted with 10 year olds and how they reacted when facing a problem that was hard for them. Some students wanted to run from the challenge, while others took it as an opportunity to express their willingness to learn.
Looking at the inability to solve a problem as, “I am not able to solve this yet” versus looking at your difficulty as a failure is applicable to everyone in many aspects of their lives. You could not yet know how to solve a school or work related problem, or a problem with a family member, or a physical challenge that you are working to overcome.
This talk comes at a fitting time for me actually. I have found myself underperforming in one of my classes this term and it has been really frustrating. While processing my errors, it was easy to look at them as failures and feel unmotivated. However, when listening to this talk, I began to think about how my motivation might change if I thought about the class as “I do not know everything yet”. Carol emphasizes praising the process and not necessarily the outcome, which will help to change your mindset. I’m going to work on applying these concepts in the coming weeks so that I can process my errors, learn from them, and correct them (hopefully!).
Thanks, Carol Dweck for the insightful information and thank you Nisat for the recommendation!