Having a growth mindset is one of the most valuable assets that a student can possess. It’s like a powerful weapon in a student’s arsenal that distinguishes him from his peers, in the way that he copes with the mistakes he commits and how he grows from such experiences.
They Don’t Get Discouraged:
A student with a growth mindset does not see his mistakes as mere blunders, or as something to hide or be ashamed of. Rather than considering his failures as setbacks, he regards them as opportunities to learn and to grow. Because when we make a mistake, our brains analyze the events or course of action that led to them. Instead of being discouraged, people with a growth mindset think about what went wrong and register the fault. Once the student recognizes his fault or weak points, he makes a conscious effort to avoid making that same mistake in the future.
They Admit Their Faults:
Instead of trying to cover them up, students with a growth mindset accept that they’ve made a mistake. They take their mistakes as a part of the whole learning process. They understand that what’s done is done, and there’s no point in crying over spilled milk. Instead of brooding over what they’ve done and wallowing in self-pity or regrets, and missing future opportunities, they recover from their blow, stronger and more determined than ever. They go about ways to learn from past mistakes, try to make amends and grow from such experiences.
They Learn From Their Mistakes:
A student’s growth mindset gives them the ability to take their mistakes in stride. They become wiser and more mature. They keep a positive mindset, acknowledge that they’ve made a mistake and go about understanding what led to that mistake, so they can take the necessary action to prevent a similar thing from occurring again. Such students know that just because they made a mistake once due to lack of skill doesn’t mean that they’ll make it again. They understand that they can correct this or at least prevent similar errors in the future by taking appropriate action—this can be learning a new skill, or polishing an existing one through more practice. They remain steadfast and emerge from these experiences stronger and better than before.
They Try to Become Their Best Versions
These experiences mold them into a more capable, more competent person than they were before. They experience personality and character growth, and because of these learning experiences, they don’t shy away from future challenges.
A growth mindset helps a student achieve more and reach new heights. He isn’t terrified of making mistakes and therefore embraces whatever test life throws at him. He’s committed to improving himself, his skills, and his character. The personal and professional growth that he experiences as a result of these experiences helps him go a long way in life.