Growth Mindset: The Complete Guide for Parents

Growth Mindset: A Guide for Parents

All this month, we’ve been looking at the importance of growth mindset and how it influences success and shapes our personalities and potential.

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In today’s post, let’s look at how parents can use the principles of growth mindset to set up kids for greater success:

Getting Started

The first step is to understand what such a mindset is all about. It will take some practice on your part, especially, if you’ve had a fixed mindset all your life to make those changes and switch to a growth mindset-style of thinking for your kids.

Here’s where you should start:

What is Growth Mindset

Benefits of Growth Mindset

Moving Forward with a Growth Mindset Lifestyle

Once you’ve realised and understood the significance and role that such a mindset can play in your child’s life, it is time for you to move forward and make changes, subtly and slowly, in the way you praise efforts, acknowledge results and motivate your child.

All these shifts will result in shifts in mindsets and self-belief for your child and over time you will see results in how they’ll approach challenges, obstacles and even, failures.

How to Develop a Growth Mindset 

Growth Mindset Activities for Kids

Resources to Keep Handy

Growth Mindset from Tony Robbins

Apps for Growth Mindset

Creating such a mindset in kids can be helpful to them as they grow up and navigate the world. Dealing with challenges, complicated situations and criticism will all be much easier and more constructive if they have the right mindset to help them grow!

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The Growth Mindset Culture: Books for Creating Mindsets that Foster Growth

The Growth Mindset Culture: Books for Creating Mindsets that Foster Growth

“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” ― Gustave Flaubert

Flaubert had it right. We must read in order to live. In order to live the best life possible, we must surround ourselves and soak ourselves into books that don’t just entertain us or educate us but change the way we think.

Today, we have for you, the top 3 mindset books to help you live a life where rigidity and a fixed mindset don’t exist. Where the success you want is the success you create.

Mindset by Carol Dweck

No list of books on growth mindset can be complete with the amazing, path-breaking book by Carol Dweck who literally pioneered this concept and explains in this book why it is not just abilities and talent that bring success but also whether we approach life with a fixed or a growth mindset.   Dweck provides a checklist to assess oneself and also, offers the good news that a mindset is not set and that one can at any time, learn to use growth mindset for success and joy. However, this book is not a light read. It is serious, practical and packed with information.

The Talent Code: Greatness isn’t Born, It’s Grown. Here’s How by Daniel Coyle 

Journalist and bestselling author, Daniel Coyle offers tools and techniques to parents, teachers, coaches, and entrepreneurs that will help them unlock greatness and grow talent by tapping into the brain’s mechanisms. The book combines analysis with examples to illustrate how 3 key practices work to change the way one thinks, acts and accomplishes success in life.

Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals by Heidi Grant Halvorson  

In this book that fosters growth mindset, award-winning social psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson provides counterintuitive insights, stories, and science-based facts that help you to build willpower, set goals and learn techniques to motivate kids, employees or your own self.

Halvorson focuses on encouraging the reader to think positively about goals but realistically about the effort involved in reaching and accomplishing those goals. She provides actionable advice to set realistic goals, avoid obstacles and develop the willpower needed to achieve them.

Additional Reading on Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset Quotes

How to Develop a Growth Mindset

These 3 books are a great stepping stone for anyone wanting to start creating a growth mindset. Which one will YOU be reading this month?

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Growth Mindset: The Secret Tool to Grow Your Business

Growth Mindset: The Secret Tool to Grow Your Business

Are you an entrepreneur? Starting out with your business? Or running a smallbiz for a while but now you want to grow it? Well, you may need a bunch of resources but what you really need is a growth mindset.

That’s right. A growth mindset is one that fosters well, growth in individuals but not letting them view any of their talents or abilities as fixed.

Interested in knowing more about growth mindset?

Here are some of our previously written resources on it:

How to Develop a Growth Mindset

10 Benefits of a Growth Mindset

Top 15 Quotes to Inspire a Growth Mindset

Well now that you know what the growth mindset is all about and also, why entrepreneurs need to foster such a mindset, here’s how to use Growth Mindset Activities, and your mind; your secret weapon, to grow your business:

Always Keep Learning

As a business owner, in order to foster your growth mindset, you need to always be learning and growing your mind. Pay attention to your self-talk and focus on the “can” rather than the “can’ts”.

Whether you rely on books to learn about industry trends or believe in listening to interviews and podcasts, always nurture and nourish your mind so that you can learn to expand it and break the proverbial mold.

Learn From Your Failures

Entrepreneurs with growth mindsets don’t let failures become “fall downs”. They take setbacks with the same positive outlook that they treat a success with. However, the one thing they do believe in is learning from their failures and not repeating the mistakes they made the first time around.

Persist and Persevere

Finally, small business owners who foster a growth mindset are problem solvers. They don’t believe in throwing in the towel simply because the solution is taking a long time in coming. They chip away at it, knock it down, get knocked down, get up and get back at work. Yes, the next time you face a seemingly “impossible” situation, spend time on breaking it down, working at it and making it work.

Being an entrepreneur can be challenging, daunting, even. But a growth mindset can help you to look at roadblocks and milestones with the same enthusiasm. It can help you grow faster by fueling your knowledge and skills. It can give you the insight you need into solving sticky situations.

Yes, growth mindset is a key to all successful business owners and you should start working on developing one right now.




5 Top Resources to Create Growth Mindset in Students

5 Top Resources to Create Growth Mindset in Students

Growth mindset is gaining a lot of importance and attention these days especially in the field of academics and education. Teachers and parents, alike, are working hard to foster a mindset that facilitates young students to “grow” and not box themselves in with a fixed mindset.

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We’ve covered a LOT of ground about growth mindset on the blog, from defining what is growth mindset to the benefits to quotes to help inspire growth mindsets in individuals to even growth mindset activities for kids. Yes, we’ve covered a lot a ground but there is a lot more to talk about.

Today, let’s look at the top 5 resources that can help teachers, educators and parents to create growth mindset in students:

1. Carol Dweck’s Mindset Online website

This site is packed with information and resources on Dweck’s pathbreaking research on growth mindset and how mindset can be changed.

2. Helping Students Motivate Themselves by Larry Ferlazzo 

This book helps you give your students the tools they need to motivate themselves with tips from award-winning educator Larry Ferlazzo.

A comprehensive outline of common classroom challenges, this book presents immediately applicable steps and lesson plans for all teachers looking to help students motivate themselves.

With coverage of brain-based learning, classroom management, and using technology, these strategies can be easily incorporated into any curriculum.

3. 3 Ways to Create a Growth Mindset in Students

This blog post on the site gives you 3 actionable steps to take to inculcate and encourage a growth mindset in students. It all starts with YOU.

4. Teaching Girls to Adopt a Growth Mindset by Laurel School 

While the title of the downloadable PDF targets only girls, the information in this document will benefit teachers for both boys and girls. The PDF outlines not only the differences between Growth and Fixed Mindset but also, offers additional helpful resources for teachers and educators.

5. Growth Mindset and Why it Matters by What Kids Can Do 

This short presentation of videos highlights the importance and impact of growth mindset along with suggested activities and assignments to be done after viewing the videos. You can also download the PDF for the assignments and activities for use in the classroom.

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