By Maxime Lagacé
Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm, peaceful and powerful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.
Here are 65 of the best growth mindset quotes I’ve collected over the years.
What’s my goal?
To remind you you can learn anything if you truly want to.
With perseverance and patience, you can move mountains and improve your life.
You’ll discover authors like Einstein, Carol Dweck (pioneer of the growth mindset), Steve Jobs, and many more.
A growth mindset is about believing people can develop their abilities. It’s that simple. Carol Dweck
What does this quote mean to you? You can improve at anything if you apply the right efforts and strategies. The past doesn’t equal the future.
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein
What does this quote mean to you? Einstein was not hoping for fast results and he didn’t get discouraged easily. His goal was finding the truth, not winning Nobel prizes. He was playing the long game, the game of learning. And that’s why, in the end, he won.
A growth mindset is perseverant, patient, and playful. A fixed mindset is lazy, impatient and fearful. Maxime Lagacé
What does this quote mean to you? Don’t be so serious about your challenge. Just do the best you can, right here, right now. Start again tomorrow. Keep in mind: when you play, you love. And when you love, you have infinite patience.
Sooner or later, you realize everything comes down to mindset. Shane Parrish
What does this quote mean to you? Life throws curve balls every day. But if you learn to react calmly, you will avoid useless drama.
Becoming is better than being. Carol Dweck
What does this quote mean to you? You are not meant to stay stale. Find something you’re truly passionate about. Something you want to change. And give it all your energies. You’ll find purpose this way.
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. Confucius
What does this quote mean to you? Remember: the goal is not intensity, it’s consistency. Put in the rep.
A growth mindset makes you progress. A fixed mindset makes you regress. Maxime Lagacé
What does this quote mean to you? When you have a growth mindset you’re forward-looking. You’re only looking back to learn from your mistakes.
Always do what you are afraid of doing. Ralph Waldo Emerson
What does this quote mean to you? When you have a fixed mindset, you’re scared of looking like a fool. A growth mindset doesn’t care at all.
Have a growth mindset. You’ll get better if you’re willing to learn. Tom Bilyeu (Source)
What does this quote mean to you? The best way you can become obsolete it’s to stop learning. The best way you can improve your life and your career it’s to learn something new every day.
It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up. Vince Lombardi
What does this quote mean to you? You have the growth mindset if you get back up, again, and again, and again. You make “learning and growing” more important than “not failing in front of others”.
Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill
What does this quote mean to you? Did you win a game? Keep going. Did you lose a game? Keep going. And try to improve. A result is just a result. You can always become better.
Great men are not born great, they grow great. Vito Corleone
What does this quote mean to you? Talent doesn’t exist. It’s just that some work harder than others.
It is not always people who start out the smartest who end up the smartest. Carol Dweck (Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Amazon book)
What does this quote mean to you? If you repeat something enough times, you can change your brain. And if you can change your brain, you can change your life, for the better.
I like criticism. It makes you strong. LeBron James
What does this quote mean to you? Criticism can act as fuel if you have the right mindset. Don’t let it destroy you. Use it!
Stay hungry, stay foolish. Steve Jobs
What does this quote mean to you? “Stay hungry” means you should always keep learning. “Stay foolish” means you should not be afraid of trying new things and failing. In fact, you should love it.
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More Quotes About The Growth Mindset
You either change and grow or you plateau. Maxime Lagacé
Having a growth mindset allows you to believe that you can improve and change with practice and determination. Barrie Davenport
The only way to escape the matrix is to unlearn everything you’ve been taught and rebuild your entire belief system based on critical thought and analysis. Aaron Will (Source)
You can literally come back from anything. It’s all about your mindset. Aaron Will
In a fixed mindset, you’re a failure when you fail. In the growth mindset, you’re learning. Unknown
When you go from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset, a new world of possibilities opens up. Imaan Farooq
Even in the growth mindset, failure can be a painful experience. But it doesn’t define you. It’s a problem to be faced, dealt with, and learned from. Carol Dweck
One of the hallmarks of an open mind is responding to confusion with curiosity and interest. Adam Grant
Inside of every problem lies an opportunity. Robert Kiyosaki
The only mindset I know is, “I’m gonna keep trying until I figure this out”. Dan Go
Children with a growth mindset tend to love learning and all that comes with it. Rebecca Louick
The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. Carol Dweck
In a growth mindset, challenges are exciting rather than threatening. So rather than thinking, oh, I’m going to reveal my weaknesses, you say, wow, here’s a chance to grow. Carol Dweck
People in a growth mindset don’t just seek challenge, they thrive on it. The bigger the challenge, the more they stretch. Carol Dweck
No matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment. Carol Dweck
Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts). Carol Dweck
What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better. Bruce Lee
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If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. Carol Dweck
When do people with the fixed mindset thrive? When things are safely within their grasp. If things get too challenging – when they’re not feeling smart or talented – they lose interest. Carol Dweck
As you begin to understand the fixed and growth mindsets, you will see exactly how one thing leads to another— how a belief that your qualities are carved in stone leads to a host of thoughts and actions, and how a belief that your qualities can be cultivated leads to a host of different thoughts and actions, taking you down an entirely different road. Carol Dweck
There is a difference between not knowing and not knowing yet. Sheila Tobias
Those with the growth mindset found setbacks motivating. They’re informative. They’re a wakeup call. Carol Dweck
I don’t mind losing as long as I see improvement or I feel I’ve done as well as I possibly could. Carol Dweck
When people change to a growth mindset, they change from a judge-and-be-judged framework to a learn-and-help-learn framework. Carol Dweck
We spend more time justifying why it can’t be done than trying to do it. Jack Butcher (This is a fixed mindset!) (Source)
Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better? Carol Dweck
In the growth mindset, it’s almost inconceivable to want something badly, to think you have a chance to achieve it, and then do nothing about it. Carol Dweck
Surround yourself with people that promote growth instead of fear. Dan Koe
This is hard. This is fun. Carol Dweck
If the wrong kinds of praise lead kids down the path of entitlement, dependence, and fragility, maybe the right kinds of praise can lead them down the path of hard work and greater hardiness. Carol Dweck
Our research shows that when we praise kids for the process they engage in – their hard work, their strategies, their focus, their perseverance – they learn that challenge seeking, they learn that resilience. Carol Dweck (Source: Developing a Growth Mindset with Carol Dweck, 10-minute YouTube video)
Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt
Don’t tell me how talented you are. Tell me how hard you work. Arthur Rubinstein
What are the consequences of thinking that your intelligence or personality is something you can develop, as opposed to something that is a fixed, deep-seated trait? Carol Dweck
As a rule of thumb, recognize effort, not ability, and recognize ethics over achievement. Recognize the learning process, not just the outcome. Recognize curiosity, perseverance, and a growth mindset over the completion of tasks. Ana Lorena Fabrega (Source)
Whether you are strengthened by life’s difficulties or broken by them is completely determined by your mindset. Tom Bilyeu
Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. Samuel Johnson
Being wrong isn’t a bad thing like they teach you in school. It is an opportunity to learn something. Richard Feynman
Our mindset is everything: what one person sees as a crisis, another person sees as opportunity. Peter Diamandis
Take away everything from a successful person, but leave them with their mindset, and they will succeed again. Peter Diamandis
The mindset ideas were developed as a counter to the self-esteem movement of blanketing everyone with praise, whether deserved or not. Carol Dweck
More important than the time that you start your day is the mindset in which you start your day. Hal Elrod
A growth mindset boosts resilience in students, increases their confidence and self-esteem, and makes it easier to bounce back from the disappointment of defeat. Barrie Davenport
If you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen. Conan O’Brien
Hard work is more important than talent. Maxime Lagacé
Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. Plato
Certainty is a cruel mindset. It hardens our minds against possibility. Ellen Langer
Don’t be too squeamish or timid about your actions. All life is an experiment. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everything is figureoutable. Marie Forleo
Everything you want is on the other side of fear. Jack Candfield
- People with a growth mindset focus on learning and don’t care about failing
- People with a fixed mindset focus on results and hate failing
- Having a growth mindset gives wings: you become infinite
- The first steps to getting a growth mindset?
- Change your self-talk
- Become optimist and hopeful
- Believe you can change for the better
- But remember: A growth mindset will not solve all your problems. You still need to think and change your strategy if it’s not working
Further Readings About Growth Mindset
- Topic: Education
- 100 Education Quotes That Will Inspire You To Keep Growing
- 100 Teacher Quotes Every Teacher Will Relate To
- 100 Curiosity Quotes To Increase Your Desire To Learn
- 77 The Obstacle Is The Way Quotes (+Summary) By Ryan Holiday
- MINDSET by Carol Dweck (7-minute animated YouTube video)
- Carol Dweck – Pioneer of the Growth Mindset (wikipedia.org)
- 75 Understanding Quotes To Bring Clarity Into Your Life
- 145 Thinking Quotes To Make You More Thoughtful
- 77 Intelligence Quotes (From The Best Minds Ever)
- How To Learn Faster (Based on Science)
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