Growth and Fixed mindset – in Football and Academia! #GoBlue @UMichFootball

I like the quote from Michigan Footballer, Wilton Speight (@WiltonSpeight), during the week in preparation for their game on the 30th “It’s a very important game because it’s the next game. It’s been our mindset all year.”

An athlete or student mindset is at the foundation of whether he or she loves challenges and persists in the face of failure. When students have more of a growth mindset, they hold the view that talents and abilities can be developed, and that challenges are the way to do it. Learning something new, something somewhat difficult, staying with the challenge – that’s how you get smarter, that’s how you achieve. Setbacks and feedback weren’t about ones abilities; its information one can use to help learn.

Everyone is a mixture of fixed and growth mindsets. One can have a predominant growth mindset in an area but there can still be things which trigger a fixed mindset trait. With a growth mindset, we don’t necessarily think there’s no such thing as talent or that everyone is the same, but believe everyone can develop their abilities through hard work, strategies, and lots of help and mentoring from others.




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