Summary of The Power of Believing That You Can Improve

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Two little words – “not yet” – have the power to change students’ outlooks and odds of success.


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Psychologist Carol Dweck encourages you to consider the power of the words “not yet” as a substitute for the concept of failure. She reveals evidence that a not-yet attitude fosters healthy growth mind-sets that can propel individuals toward future success rather than paralyzing them with convictions of failure. getAbstract recommends Dweck’s astute, paradigm-changing outlook to educators, managers and anyone interested in personal growth.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the words “not yet” foster learning while the word “fail” promotes inability,
  • What advantages are inherent in a “growth mind-set,” and
  • How to cultivate a growth mind-set that nurtures learning persistence and hardiness.


A high school in Chicago has replaced failing grades with scores of “not yet.” Learners often become resigned to failure when they flunk a test, but a not-yet grade instills in students...
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Psychologist Carol Dweck researches human motivation and success.

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