Episode 45: Raising Self Motivated Successful Kids - Growth Vs. Fixed Mindset

In this episode, I discuss the book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol Dweck.

I think you guys are going to be surprised about the nuanced ways we reinforce a fixed mindset mentality rather than encouraging our kids to truly succeed and grow. 

Topics covered:

  • Dr. Carol Dweck and the difference between fixed and growth mindset

  • Dr. Dweck invites us to dump the overpraising and everyone gets a trophy mentality - the false self-esteem movement

  • This is not about telling kids they can do anything; overpraising creates false hopes without a plan and that will lead to a fixed mindset and a dead-end

  • It’s about helping kids gain the skills and find the resources to make progress toward their goals.

  • We are all a combo of fixed and growth mindset and understanding what triggers our fixed mindset.

  • Dr. Dweck teaches us that our measurement for success and what we have thought motivated our kids to grow into achievers has been wrong

  • We’ve been very focused on external motivators and threats, which might work temporarily but ultimately sabotage long-term success

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