Growth mindset isn’t just a positive attitude.
“Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts).” Carol Dweck
If you want to achieve your potential, have your children achieve their potential, or have your students achieve their potential, growth mindset is a necessity.
Best Growth Mindset Quotes
Here are some of my favorite growth mindset quotes:
“Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.” Steve Maraboli
“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair theirownconfidence.” Carol S. Dweck
“This is something I know for a fact: You have to work hardest for the things you love most.” Carol S. Dweck
“Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better?” Carol S. Dweck,
“We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.” Carol S. Dweck
“Think about your hero. Do you think of this person as someone with extraordinary abilities who achieved with little effort? Now go find out the truth. Find out the tremendous effort that went into their accomplishment—and admire them more.” Carol S. Dweck
“Did I win? Did I lose? Those are the wrong questions. The correct question is: Did I make my best effort?” If so, he says, “You may be outscored but you will never lose.” Carol S. Dweck
“It’s not always the people who start out the smartest who end up the smartest.” Carol S. Dweck
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh
“Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.” Virgil Garnett Thomson
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt
“All things are difficult before they are easy.” Thomas Fuller
“What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.” Friedrich Nietzsche
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Kelly Clarkson
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein
“We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.” Mary Dunbar
“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success.” J.K. Rowling
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” Confucius
“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure.” Thomas Watson
“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
“Failure is success if we learn from it.” Malcolm Forbes
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” Vivian Greene
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford
“If you can’t make a mistake, you can’t make anything.” Marva Collins
“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.” Bethany Hamilton
“Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it when we use it.” Ruth Gordon
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” E.E. Cummings
“Nothing will work unless you do.” John Wooden
“You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By becoming a little better each and every day, over a period of time, you will become a lot better.” John Wooden
“If we only did things that were easy, we wouldn’t actually be learning anything. We’d just be practicing things we already knew.” David Dockterman
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So. . .sail away from the safe harbor. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
“We must get our hearts broken sometimes. This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.” Elizabeth Gilbert
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky
“You have not failed unless you have quit trying.” Gordon B. Hinckley
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Michael Jordan
“If you quit once, it becomes a habit. Don’t quit!” Michael Jordan
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan
“I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.”Oprah Winfrey
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas A. Edison
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas A. Edison
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie
“Just because you haven’t found your talent yet doesn’t mean you don’t have one.” Kermit the Frog
“There is a difference between not knowing and not knowing yet.” Sheila Tobias
More Growth Mindset Resources
You’ll find lots of great growth mindset books in my post with the the best growth mindset books for kids.
Big Life Journal site has lots and lots of amazing growth mindset resources for a variety of ages.
What is your favorite growth mindset quote?
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