It's not just our intelligence and our talent that drives success, it's also our mindset. After decades of research on why some people achieve their potential and others don't, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck developed the concept of mindset. People with a growth mindset believe that abilities and intelligence can be developed through persistence and hard work. When students have a growth mindset, they focus on improvement, are resilient when facing setbacks, and are motivated to learn. People with a fixed mindset believe that their intelligence and abilities are fixed and are not within their control. Students with a fixed mindset are more likely to avoid challenges, give up easily, and apply less effort since they feel their hard work will offer limited improvement.
One of Summit's key beliefs is to have a growth mindset and that belief is interwoven in everything we do and instilled in all of our mentor and student conversations.
Watch this inspiring video from Khan Academy that reminds us that YOU can learn anything!