Essay about Basketball and Growth Mindset

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Mindset
Ivy Bridge

Jami S. Opp

February 9, 2013

PSY 320

When I speak with people I am able to see that we all have a different way of coping with problems. Some people have a growth mindset, in which they feel that they are able to succeed. Others have a fixed mindset, in which they feel they are unable to succeed at anything, even if they try their hardest. What is the difference in the diverse mindsets? When you have a fixed mindset, you believe that “your qualities are carved in stone” (Dweck, 2007, pg. 6). Someone with a fixed mindset is always trying to prove themselves over and over again (Dweck, 2007). Let’s take my situation with basketball for example. I played one year and
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They believe they are who they are and cannot change that. They consider themselves “fixed” into society and their efforts will not change their destiny. People with a fixed mindset thrive only when things are “safely within their grasp” (Dweck, 2007, pg. 22). They lose interest when a challenge is given. People with a growth mindset believe that there is no limit. No one can predict what may happen with effort, desire, and training over time. People with a growth mindset thrive on challenge and seek it out (Dweck, 2007). As I previously stated, Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, only to become one of the world’s best known NBA basketball stars. Patricia Miranda, an Olympic bronze medalist, was told at a young age that she was a joke. Actor Christopher Reeve gave hope to people with spinal injuries after being thrown from a horse and teaching himself how to move again. People with a growth mindset feel that anything is possible. They are able to take the negativity and make it into a challenge. When someone tells them that they cannot do something, they try their hardest to make it possible. By talking with others I am able to see that we all have a different way of coping with problems. Some people have a growth mindset, in which they feel that they are able to thrive. Others have a fixed mindset, in which they feel they are incapable of success, even if they try their hardest. A growth

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