Answering the When of Growth Mindset

It’s important to know when and when not to apply a growth mindset.

If you naturally have a lower math aptitude and think it’ll always be this way, your fixed mindset will ensure that your math skills do not advance.

If you hate math, you could apply a growth mindset (and thus lots of effort) to become a renowned mathematician. Should you?

Growth mindset is more than just having a positive outlook. It’s a strategy for when we do not know an answer, make errors, are anxious, or experience failures.

While it helps us meet a moment of challenge, it does little on its own to inform where we are going, and why.

To build an arc from where we are to where we want to go, we have to consider when to apply a growth mindset. What’s worth it?A good rule of thumb: if you can imagine it being useful at some point in the future, it’s probably worth it.