The concept of mindsets was developed by Carol Dweck, a Stanford University psychologist. Her vision was to help children and adults understand that they do not have a fixed amount of intelligence or a fixed amount of talent. Dweck implies that we are not born with a gene that says this is the only amount of talent and intelligence that we will ever have in our lifetime. Our talents and intelligence can be manipulated through hard work and practice. Dweck has devised two terms that are central to her mindsets concept. The first is a fixed mindset which is the belief that your qualities are set in stone. The second term is growth mindset which is the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. The purpose of mindsets is to empower people to believe that they can accomplish anything they want with hard work and dedication. This does not end with just a belief that you can do it but also the actual act of doing it. When people are set on a goal and they take the proper steps to achieve that goal and never give up they will in the end accomplish that goal. However, it all starts with a growth mindset.
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