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A Psychology Professor And Expert On Grit Defines A Growth Mindset

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Jeffrey Infante
Ms. Milliner
EES21Q-02
01/20/2016

Angela Duckworth a psychology professor and expert on Grit defines a growth mindset as people who believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They believe they only have a certain amount of intelligence, so there goal then becomes to look smart all the time and not dumb. Fixed mindset people dread failure because it is negative and it has a big statement on their abilities to complete a task. While people with growth mindset don 't mind or fear failure as much because they realize their performance can be improved and learning comes from failure. These two mindsets play an important role in all aspects of a person 's life. Duckworth argues
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