Day 110: The power of believing that you can improve

Ted speaker Carol Dweck’s Ted talk “The power of believing that you can improve” is all about the simple notion that having a growth mindset is the key to improving one’s self. A powerful message when you need a little motivational boost.

Carol kicks off her Ted talk with a story about a high school in Chicago where students grades were worded differently. Like most schools, the students in this high school needed to pass certain subjects to graduate. The students who failed certain courses were graded ‘Not Yet.’ It’s still essentially a non-pass but worded as not-yet allows room for growth and possibility and it also implies that there will be a ‘yet’ there will a pass in the future.

Personally, I think that this is such a productive way at looking at fails. The word fail has such a bad rap, but ‘not yet’ is filled with hope and opportunity, so the next time you don’t make that grade or succeed in some way, remember you didn’t fail, you just got a ‘not yet.’

Vanessa Rose