Carol Dweck Talk Reflection by Anita Narkhede

On October 4 2015, I went to a talk given by Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University. Dweck’s research focuses primarily on mindset and how it plays an important role in all aspects of a person’s life. In the talk, she described the differences between a fixed and growth mindset, and how having each of the mindsets affects a person in terms of success, happiness, and other facets of life. Below are questions regarding the talk:

What is a fixed mindset?
A fixed mindset is one’s belief that their basic abilities, their intelligence, and their talents are just fixed traits, meaning people only have a certain amount of them that remain constant.

What is a growth mindset?
A growth mindset is one’s belief that their basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work, and their natural intelligence and talent are just the starting point.

What is the speaker trying to communicate to the audience?
The speaker was trying to communicate the importance of having a growth mindset and how one can switch from having a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.

How does the audience react?
The audience seemed to process the information and take it to heart, and concerned themselves with trying to figure out how they could apply the growth mindset to themselves.

What are some of the audience’s comments or questions?
Some of the questions were about how the growth mindset can better be applied to students and how they themselves can change from being in a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.

How did you feel as you listened to the talk?
I felt inspired and decided that I would try to apply the growth mindset whenever I could as opposed to the fixed mindset which I think that I more often think like.

What will you take with you from the talk?
From this talk, I’ll take away the fact that a growth mindset leads to success, and it’s possible to change from having a fixed mindset to a growth mindset if you have the drive to do so.

Why do you think so many kids were in the room?
I think so many kids were in the room because they were interested to find out how having a specific mindset will affect them in the future (or maybe their parents forced them to come).