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One Little Word Is All It Takes To Mentally Train Yourself To Improve At Nearly Anything

Jul 18, 2015
You may have heard a whole lot of talk in recent years about how the educational system needs some serious reform. More and more parents, teachers and students are getting increasingly frustrated with the fact that everything seems geared towards passing standardized testing instead of any actual learning and enrichment of the mind. While there's nothing wrong with getting good grades and high test scores, emphasizing only the results tends to suck out the joy from the actual journey of learning.

Carol Dweck is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and the author of "Mindset," an acclaimed work regarding motivation and what she has termed a "growth mindset." Her work bridges the gaps between social, developmental and personality psychology.

In this fascinating TED talk, Dweck explains how opening up the belief that you can improve through the word "yet" (ex: are you not smart enough to solve that equation... or just not smart enough yet?) can be a powerful motivator to help people improve. By putting the emphasis on the process and effort of learning instead of the end result, she's found that students actually achieve far better results than their peers in traditional, result-oriented learning models.
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