Monday, February 6, 2017



---This may be the biggest news since ‘’sliced bread.’’ People can learn, change + grow. There is scientific evidence backed up by multitudes of studies by research psychologist Professor Carol Dweck of Stanford University. She has many talks on YouTube, including four TEDtalks, written a book called MINDSET detailing much of what she has discovered and has had many ‘’successes’’ implementing the GROWTH MINDSET into different Companies and Corporations throughout the world. She, also, has many people reviewing and touting her material speaking very positively in her regard.


---She, basically, sees folks as having one of two mindsets on different issues of life and of life itself. Those who see with a FIXED MINDSET see, like eye color, they have been given a certain, fixed amount of intelligence, talent and abilities and are supposed to make the best of things until the end. This is how I was taught and I’ll bet it applies to many. Those folks who see life through a GROWTH MINDSET lens, see that the intelligence,  talent and abilities that one may have been given…are like muscles that grow and develop the more they are used. Even if one starts as the proverbial 97 lb. weakling, through some effort, something can be done about it.

---I have said this before but think it bears repeating. On one of her TEDtalks, she speaks of the power of YET. She found that if that concept is added to most FIXED MINDSET statements, they become GROWTH MINDSET statements. Examples would be ‘’I don’t know this’’ BECOMES – ‘’I don’t know this YET!’’ ‘’I don’t have the answer’’ BECOMES – ‘’I don’t have the answer YET!’’ A door to the future has opened and you suddenly  find yourselves on a learning curve. You are no longer stuck and are now able to move. She says, ‘’we will NOT all be EINSTEIN at the end, but we will ALL be better than we were.’’ Another example we have is Ebenezer Scrooge going from a FIXED MINDSET (saw life to be only one way) to a GROWTH MINDSET (opened to a much broader way of seeing things.)

(WARNING: Very Dramatic)

---I have never met Carol Dweck but would like to. I recommend her book MINDSET, talks, etc., to staff, resident, volunteer or any concerned citizen wanting to make the world a better place. It sounds like the material would work wonders with individual lives or hospital-wide to work with the Culture of Laguna Honda. I think we would ALL benefit from her material…whether in a small or big way. Going from a FIXED MINDSET to a GROWTH MINDSET on ANYTHING and/or EVERYTHING…sounds like a good idea to me. Be Well.

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