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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.

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Psychologist Carol Dweck researches human motivation and success.



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 a sense of potential for future success. Children develop one of two different mind-sets, which reflects their learning attitudes: Those with a “growth mind-set” understand that difficult problems offer learning opportunities. Those with a “fixed mind-set” focus on current failings rather than on capacity for future success.

Students who approach learning from a

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    A. W. 2 years ago
    This is possibly one of the best ideas I have heard of and think more schools should adopt this word switch!