The Power of Not Yet

The Power of Not Yet

In her lecture, Professor Carol Dweck delves into the power of saying Not Yet instead of feeling like a failure (the full video is embedded at the end of the summary). 

Here is a summary of this amazing lecture: 

When you are told you have failed, that is it, it is over, there's nothing you can do about it. However, if you have a 'not yet mindset' you understand that you have yet to achieve.

In this video Prof Dweck, a Stanford alum talks to a crowd of her peers and teaches them the power of not yet learning and achieving. 

Developing a growth mindset

In her research, she studied children and the way they cope with challenges. 

As part of her research, she gave a group of children a challenge that was a little too difficult for their age group. The results were interesting, to say the least. Some reacted in extremely positive ways. They said they appreciate a chance to learn something new and look forward to a new challenge. 

The other group of kids felt that their core intelligence had been questioned and they were devastated. Instead of feeling the power of Yetthey were gripped by the Tyranny of Now

This second group of children said the next time they were challenged they would either cheat or only talk to kids who did worse than them; in order to make themselves feel better, they would run away from difficulty. 

The kids with the growth mindset processed error deeply and figured out how to correct it; when they failed they looked to learn from their mistake and prep for the next challenge. 

Looking to the future 

So how do we take this to the bank, and what can we learn from this?

We need to teach our kids to focus on the big picture, on what is yet to come, but the question is HOW?

Kids should be praised wisely. We should acknowledge their process, hard work, and strategies, so that they can learn resilience. However, if we praise their talent and their intelligence we will make them feel vulnerable and weak.

The power of not yet

Through her research, Prof Dweck was able to show this by using a game that showed that rewarding perseverance and struggle gives children more confidence and persistence.

They also showed that kids who learned to get out of their comfort zone and take on new challenges, created new and stronger neuron connections in their brains. This resulted in a sharp increase in grades. The opposite was true as well.  

People think that poor child performance is inevitable in a group. However, if educators taught the Yet not Now method in their classrooms, we could achieve intelligence equality in our school system. 

Learning a growth mindset transforms the meaning of effort and difficulty; from impossible and achievable to just Not Yet. And the most amazing thing to know about Not Yet is that it works for all ages, not only for kids. 

Watch the full YouTube video →

Should you tell your kids they are smart or talented? Professor Carol Dweck answers this question and more, as she talks about her groundbreaking work on developing mindsets. She emphasizes the power of "yet" in helping students succeed in and out of the classroom.

Carol Dweck is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology and, by courtesy, at the Graduate School of Education. A leading expert in the field of motivation, her research has demonstrated the role of mindsets in students’ achievement and has shown how praise for intelligence can undermine motivation and learning. She has lectured to education, business and sports groups all over the world, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. She has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, Nightline and 20/20. Her bestselling book Mindset has been widely acclaimed and translated into over 20 languages.