Growth Mindset

People with a “growth mindset” believe that they can acquire any given ability provided they invest effort1 as well as actively seek and welcome feedback (positive or negative) especially when stuck, as contrast to having a “fixed mindset”.

Julia’s How to teach yourself hard things - mentions growth mindset which, according to the author, is about replacing the belief “I’m bad at X” with “I haven’t learned about X yet”.

William Yao writes “[…] approach things calmly and prepare yourself to not have skills or concepts transfer over, and to start over from a blank slate” in Things software engineers trip up on when learning Haskell.


  1. Effort alone is insufficient. See Carol Dweck Revisits the ‘Growth Mindset’

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