Updated: Apr 24
It would be "Don't stop trying to learn something just because you don't understand it, yet"
The most groundbreaking study I've ever come across was one by Ph.D. Carol Dweck. Carol Dweck is credited with coining the terms "fixed mindset" and "growth mindset". We aren't doctors here at Skip Class, but we'll give an abridged version. Fixed mindset people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. Growth mindset people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. These people are often characterized as having more resilience and grit.
An Inherent Flaw
"Becoming is better than being" Carol Dweck, Ph. D.
Our current education system does a wonderful job of disseminating a vast amount of knowledge in a short amount of time... but it could be much, much better. Current grading systems of pass or fail, letter grades, number grades, or any combination thereof are missing an important aspect of learning. These systems judge you based on what you know now, with no regard for the future. It's all too common to hear terms like: "Smart" "Stupid" "Dumb" "Intelligent". What if these labels are hurting you, whether they were a compliment or an insult?
Change your Vocabulary
Have you ever told yourself: "I don't understand this" or "I can't figure this out" or maybe even, "I don't know how to do this"?
Truth is, we've all done it! There are a vast number of reasons why we use this language, but it's just the easy way out. We use a sentence to describe our situation that allows us to settle and accept defeat. But here is the single most important lesson I could ever teach... take each of those demoralizing statements in your head and do just one. simple. thing.... Add the word "yet".
"I don't understand this, yet"
"I can't figure this out, yet"
"I don't know how to do this, yet"
Using this simple trick can help your mind stay open, and thus not quit when learning gets difficult. The truth is, learning has always been difficult for us here at Skip Class. We are aware that we don't know everything, we aren't great at everything, and we certainly are not "gifted" or "naturals" at anything. We are regular people who used the term "yet" to recognize that our paths are not fixed, but always growing and shifting. We pride ourselves in embracing and overcoming our deficiencies, and encourage you to do the samee.
Here is our challenge to you
“Go as far as you can see, then see how much further you can go” Drew Allan
Change your inner voice, and add the word "yet" to those self defeating thoughts. Embrace a growth mindset and understand that we are always capable of learning more.
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