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Don’t Tell Your Kids They’re Smart

written by Nick Standlea 3 July 2023
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Nick Standlea holds a BA in Media Studies from Pitzer College and an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He is a former research associate of the Quality of Life Research Center where he studied creativity, flow, positive psychology, and venture philanthropy. Nick has since founded several companies, including Test Prep Gurus. Nick's articles for PositivePsychologyNews.com are here.

Have you ever wondered how to teach children to develop a growth mindset?  Have you ever struggled to explain growth mindset to a friend or colleague? I used to be a research associate for Mike Csikszentmihalyi at the Quality of Life Research Center. I made this short video that dives into how to speak to students to foster resilience, long-term success, and growth mindset.

Here are some of the minute marks in the video:

0:14 Columbia University study on parents’ use of the word “smart”
0:35Carol Dweck study on using “smart” vs “worked hard” as forms of praise
3:25 Effort vs Intelligence
4:07 How should we praise our kids?
5:35Focus on process
6:06 The power of ‘yet’
6:34Exponential growth over time

Dweck, C. (2007). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York: Ballantine Books.

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