– Mindset +

March 27, 2006

http://www.itconversations.com/shows/detail1011.html

Listen to this. Fixed mindsets versus Growth mindsets, praise of intelligence can lead to diminishing performance, hunger for complex problems when praised of strategy, confidence and incompetancy, self-evaluation, metacognitive skills… Tons of stuff in a short 30 second discussion on mindset and performance.

It reminds me of a great short story about billiards. To summarize, a novice pool player was watching another pool player hit this amazingly difficult shot again and again. The novice thought "Wow! That guy is amazing! He makes such a difficult shot everytime; he must be the best pool player here." His friend came up to him and said "No no… he's not a good player. He's perfecting his strenghts rather than working on his weaknesses. A sign of a good player is one who can make all shots, easy and hard, not just the amazingly difficult one." 

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