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Resiliency Rule 09 - Have a growth mindset.

Last summer a read a powerful book by Carol Dweck called Mindset. This professor from Stanford University has been transformational in the lives of her students and those who have read her book. Take a moment to see how you might respond to the following situation.

A father is outside playing a form of ping pong called “California Pin Pong or Around the World.”  His daughter is called out in the game and she sets the ping pong paddle down in frustration and walks off.  

How do you handle this situation?
A) I thought you were the best.
B) You were robbed in the match.
C) Ping Pong is not that important.
D) Don’t worry you will win next time.
E) You did not earn it…

Look at the following resources to formulate your answer.
Growth Mindset Video

Growth Mindset Document

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A) I thought you were the best.
Were they the best? Is that an sincere and genuine statement?

B) You were robbed in the match.
Do you want to teach a “blame others / be a victim” mentality?

C) Ping Pong is not that important.
Why devalue something just because they do not do well?

D) Don’t worry you will win next time.
Does ability alone get you to the top?

E) You did not earn it…
You did not earn it “Yet.” This promotes a growth mindset… the power of the word “Yet.”

Jon Goodman