In our English class, we read the book “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,” by Carol Dweck. We learned about a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. In our class, the teacher taught us the difference between the two.

Fixed mindset: In a fixed mindset, people believe that their abilities, intelligence and talents are fixed traits. In a fixed mindset, a failure defines you. A person with a fixed mindset thinks that when you can’t do something at first, you might as well not try. You’ll never be able to do it, no matter how much effort you put into the task.

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Growth mindset: People with a growth mindset think that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone can be the greatest, but they believe everyone can become more intelligent if they work at it. For a person with a growth mindset, failure is an opportunity to learn.

After reading this book, we learned that when faced with failure, people act differently. When some people come face to face with failure, they automatically give up. Others, however, take that failure and use it to improve themselves. Which mindset do you have?