Monday, July 3, 2017

Chapter Three, Chapter Four and Chapter Six

Respond to each question.  Then, respond to one student's post from either chapter.  Remember you only have to read chapter three and either chapter four or chapter six.

Chapter Three
Did you always assume that success came right from innate talent or ability?  Think of someone who wasn't labeled brilliant or talented, but are highly successful.  How did they do it?

Chapter Four
Do you have the mindset of a champion?  Do you do your best when things are going for you or against you?  How can you use a growth mindset to raise your game when it counts most?

Chapter Six
Have you closed yourself off to certain relationships because you expect perfection - total alignment in every way?  Think about the people you know who would be wonderful additions to your life in spite of their imperfections?

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    2. CHAPTER 3:
      Everyone starts out with something they are good at. Through hard work and dedication they can become successful where they once where considered talented. I do not think that a natural ability means that that person will become successful, but I do think that ability is a good starting point. Consider Walt Disney himself. He was fired once for being unoriginal and all around uncreative. Through dedication and persisting through several hard ships (including driving an animation business into the ground) he was able to succeed. While he was originally told that he wasn't a good artist, he and his company made animation history. It is my belief that Disney and many other people may have succeeded through hard work, but a small amount of ability started them off on the right foot, a belief that I seem to somewhat share with Twyla Tharp. In her book, she states that creativity is a result of hard work and dedication. While she may not outright say that ability plays a role as well, we both believe in the power of dedication.

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    3. It is strange how we correlate successful people with being flawless. Disney is credited with such high success that when we learn that he failed at first, it is shocking. I also believe dedication does truly help you achieve success when you are put down repeatedly like he was. Without dedication, we may not have the animated childhood that Walt Disney gave us.

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    4. I agree that dedication does help achieve your idea of success. Without dedication some people may have never became successful. Even though you fail many many times to have to keep going. Many successful people wouldn't have become successful if they gave up and the world would be a totally different place.

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    5. I agree that everyone is capable of being sucessfull through hard work, even if they had a slight talent for it. The connection to Disneyh is an intersting compairison, and does truly work in the situation. You cannot rely on natural talent alone to suceed. You have to work for it.

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  2. CHAPTER 6:
    I can't say that I've ever closed myself off to a reelationship due to flaws. I try my best to keep an open mind when it comes to flaws of others. I've come to accept that no one is perfect, so I can't hold flaws against others. For this reason, I don't think that I have cut people out of my life simply because they aren't perfect. I used to be very shy when I was younger, and several people didn't talk to me because of it. After meeting several people who could look past my awkwardness, I was able to come out of my shell and meet more people, which led to be becoming much more outgoing when compared to the past. I suppose my ability to become more comfortable around people was due to my growth-mindset. My story seems to be in accordance with the study done by Beer's study.

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    1. I also have a harder time cutting people out of my life due to imperfections. I always hope that there is potential to change, but sometimes I do confuse that with the thought that they WILL change like stated in Chapter 6. It is sometimes hard to cut people out of your life with the growth mindset in relationships because of hoping for that potential to actually become reality. Although there is risk in that mindset, it usually is rewarding for happier, longer relationships.

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    2. I believe that our friends are put in our life for a reason and that is to grow with us. If someone believes that they are perfect they most likely won't benefit you and that's when you have to make the decision between cutting them off or not. The growth mindset calls for positivity and if someone is too conceited to admit their flaws then they won't benefit you in the end.

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    3. Like you, I try to be opened minded about my relationships with others. I know that everyone doesn't have all the same values or ways they handle certain situations. However, from a young age being the reserved laid back person I was sometimes didn't understand the things other people did. Though as I got older, my mom would always tell me you can either accept someone for the person that they are, or not be their friend, and that I shouldn't hold that animosity towards someone just because I don't like some of their actions.

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    4. I agree. It is important to be open minded and not judgmental of friends. Nobody is perfect so we can't expect our friends to be either. However, sometimes certain flaws/personality traits can be harmful to us , in which case the relationship needs to be cut off.

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  3. Chapter 3:
    I've always thought that in order to become successful, you must have a hardworking passion to earn it. Otherwise, you could be very talented and not put any effort into trying. That can only get you so far and you won't be recognized as someone who works hard for what they deserve. In contrast, you can consider yourself successful with a small amount of money or fame, as long as your accomplishments are meaningful to you. Look at Albert Einstein for example. Albert Einstein didn't develp speech until later in his childhood years. He was an average student in school and even failed some school exams due to his slow learning ability. Because he questioned time and space so much, his passion for science and mathematics grew. As he became older, he studied a lot in these fields and was determined to understand physics, which earned him this recognition. Since then he's astounded many people for his books and his own growth. "The students with the growth mindset showed an increase in their grades over the two years." (page 57) Because Albert Einstein had a growth mindset, he slowly worked through his own challenges all because of his fascination with how things work.

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    1. Hello! I really like your example of Einstein. I agree with you that hard work is a crucial part of being successful, since talent can only get you so far.

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  4. CHAPTER 3: I have never thought that success was a product of talent. I have always believed that if you put yourself out there and have the determination to do something then you will, that is, except for art. Like the author included, I never thought that you could become an expert at art if you aren't born with the skill to do it. I thought that way until I took art at EP and was taught to draw by breaking it up into the elements of art: shapes, lines, colors, etc. My uncle is an example of someone who wasn't labeled as someone that was a genius. In fact, he was a troublemaker growing up and didn't go to college right away. Eventually when he realized he was on the wrong road, he turned everything around and went to law school. He finally discovered the drive and determination within himself. To this day he works extremely hard and his earnings prove it.

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    1. I agree with you but I definitely think that talent has something to do with success. You cannot for example get taller by working hard, and being taller will help you in sports. Everybody has a base line, and some peoples are higher than others. You can catch up to another persons baseline, but everybody's base ability is different.

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    2. CHAPTER 3 (redone with quote): I have never thought that success was a product of talent. I have always believed that if you put yourself out there and have the determination to do something then you will, that is, except for art. Like the author included, "When it comes to artistic ability, it seems more like a God-given gift." (p.67) I never thought that you could become an expert at art if you aren't born with the skill to do it. I thought that way until I took art at EP and was taught to draw by breaking it up into the elements of art: shapes, lines, colors, etc. My uncle is an example of someone who wasn't labeled as someone that was a genius. In fact, he was a troublemaker growing up and didn't go to college right away. Eventually when he realized he was on the wrong road, he turned everything around and went to law school. He finally discovered the drive and determination within himself. To this day he works extremely hard and his earnings prove it.

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  5. Chapter 3 Response:
    I have always thought of success as a mixture of innate talent and growth. Similar to those linear equations to find the fee for jobs, I feel that you have some initial talent and then it increases with time and effort. I now believe that that initial talent may have already been grown before it was first measured (like as a child before entering school) and that therefore for most people talent and success comes from practice, hard work, and effort. After looking up someone who failed before succeeding because I have no clue, I found out that Charles Darwin did not at all excel in school or his studies, but is known as the most influential and famous scientist of the 19th century. How does that even happen? He literally did not try in school because it did not interest him, but later found something that does: exploring and understanding species. I can assume he succeeded with a growth mindset because of the fact he was always told that he would not do well by his father and failed in school, and possibly used this negative label to pursue his career. Although negative labels can crush people, like Dweck's pursuit in math coming to a halt when the stereotype of women not being able to do math, these did not phase Darwin's pursuit in doing what he loved and enjoyed.

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    1. I agree with your statement about how natural talent is something that has been grown from the very beginning and not truly "natural". To be good at something requires practice and although some may be more inclined toward an activity, to master something a person has to put in the work.

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  6. Chapter 6 Response:
    I have never avoided creating friendships and relationships because I wanted perfection, because perfection was never a thing in my eyes. I was made fun of at a young age and tried to fit in with crowds, which brought me to be more aloof and shy to most people. Similar to the way shyness was described on page 163, I would hold back from new friendships, trying new things, and acting different for the fear of being judged and embarrassed. I am very glad that I did not hold back from becoming friends with people with imperfections, because my best friend is nothing but perfect. I think that if you are not trying to better the people you are surrounding yourself with by encouraging them to take healthy risks, you are not doing much by spending so much time with them. This thought has drawn my friend and I closer and I love to see them becoming a happier, better person.

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    1. I agree with you Julie, perfection was never a thing that I saw either. I believe that no one is truly perfect so if someone gets stuck on trying to find a perfect person, they will be looking forever. I am shy sometimes too because of the fear in being judged or embarrassed in social situations and it has in the past held me back from making friends or developing a relationship also.

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    2. I also never searched for perfection instead I sought out similar traits between myself and others. Since I am not the easiest to work with I tend to find friends with patience and nurturing qualities. I agree, if you don't encourage your friends to take healthy risks and vice versa then your time together is not beneficial.

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    3. Holding back may have been the smartest decision I have made. I was just like you at one point. i held back everything and everyone. i kept everything how i wanted it to be only to find out it wasnt what i wanted it to be at all. Once i met new people and i reached out, i realized that was what i was meant to do. I couldnt be happier. The new influences in my life lead me far from perfection. Even with all the flaws, I was happy.

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  7. Chapter 3:
    I never assumed that success only came from one place. I believe that you can become successful from natural talent or ability. As the author says on page 63, "Prodigies or not, we all have interest that can blossom into abilities" and I believe that to be true. I cannot think of someone in particular, but there is many singers and musicians that, starting out, were turned down by record labels because the record labels said they were not good enough, or were not talented. Many of these people still became successful because they didn't give up and they didn't have the mentality of "I'm not good enough", they more than likely had the growth mindset of " I'll try harder and do better next time" instead. And a lot of them weren't just born with plain talent either, they believed that they could do it and they practiced and dedicated time to it, which is another way that you could reach success.

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    1. I agree with this statement. People who got rejected still made it because they had enough willpower to accomplish their goals. The ability to strive even when hardships approach definitely is another way to success.

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    2. Your philosophy on success is similar to mine. Instead of a born ability, the real success comes from the dedicated time and effort. Without a fixed mindset, people can succeed without thoughts of failure clouding their vision.

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    3. I have had first hand experience with everything that you said. I know many people that just stopped doing things because of one nasty comment or one terrible experience. Failure is what turned homo sapiens into people. Some of us were stopped by the gunshots fired by failure, but most of survived.

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  8. Chapter 6:
    I don't believe that I have ever closed myself of of friendships or relationships, because they weren't perfect. Like the author stated for the growth mindset on page 148, I believe things can be developed, and things can change. Many people in my life now, may not be in my life if I had a fixed mindset and didn't give them a chance, but I kept a open mind. One of these people grew and changed, and is now one of my best friends. If I had a fixed mindset and not gave it time, I would have missed out on a good friend.

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    1. I love your response, Neema! I strongly agree that when it comes to friendships, you shouldn't be quick to judge. Like you implied, you have to have an open mindset in order to look beyond some of the things that would make a friend come off as not the type of friend for you. I am glad that you realize that and I hope you keep viewing your friendships with clean eyes.

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  9. Chapter 3:
    Success comes from ability, you can have innate talent ,but you have to be productive enough to improve and correspond correctly to it,to achieve success. My grandfather grew up poor because his parents died when he was very young. Therefore many people around him automatically assumed he wouldn't stay in school and eventually graduate. However, he did graduate and later became successful in his job at Ford, which lead him to retire pretty early. My grandfather became successful because he didn't let a stigma from others overrule his goals. The author stated (page eighty)"...even those of negative targets-use and develop their minds fully." My grandfather was the target and he used it as a starting point for him to become great.

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    1. I believe success can come from both talent and ability. If you have talent and don't have the ability then you will never become successful. As well as if you have the ability but not talented then I believe you will not become successful. However there has been times where you don't have to be talented to become successful. Success can mean so any different things to so many people.

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  10. Chapter 4:
    I do not have the mindset of a champion, because I know in life I will not always come out as the winner. Though, I still do my very best when things are going to help or even hurt me. I can't predict every outcome but I'm willing to find out because it could teach me something important. This relates to the text (page ninety-one)"If I had been a better reader, then that would have come easily, sports would have came easily ... and I never would have realized that the way you get ahead in life is hard work." He had a dilemma that he worked on several times that probably hurt him ,but later taught him something he will carry for the rest of his life.

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  11. Chapter 3:
    I've always thought that abilities were learned and I still believe so, but I do think that some things come easier to people because of their background or physical attributes. I think through practice and hard work you can become successful in whatever you do. For instance, Michael Jordan wasn't good at basketball at first and didn't even make the varsity basketball team as planned. Like it says says on page 63, "Prodigies or not, we all have interest that can blossom into abilities" and Jordan turned his basic interest into a career.

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    I have the mindset of a champion when the odds are in my favor otherwise I am a pessimist. Instead of choosing to work hard, because "the way you get ahead in life is hard work"(page 91), I choose the easy way out or the "lazy" way. For example, in my volleyball games when my team is winning I'm hype and willing to do anything but if we are losing I become discouraged and dig myself in a hole of depression. If I had the optimistic growth mindset I would correct my mistakes and also help my team fix their's instead of becoming careless. The growth mindset really enables you to enhance your skills while the fixed mindset kept me from developing skill that I needed to win the game because I was afraid the outcome would result in disappointment anyway.

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    1. I agree with your believe that abilities may be learned. I also agree that due to background or physical attributes some things come easier to certain people. Behind that natural ability is hard work which allowed them to get to where they are. However, I acknowledge the slight edge some people are born with that may cause their results to come sooner than someone without said ability.

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    2. Chapter 4
      I get the same way when the odds are against me. When things are going against me I give up and get lazy. I agree with you that the growth mindset improves your skills. The fixed mindset really keeps me from seeing improvement and keeps me from changing the outcome from failure to success.

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  12. Chapter Three Response
    I’ve always assumed that success came from ability, but I also realized you can’t get anywhere if you don’t act upon it. According to the experiment stated in Mindset with mostly adolescent children, the kids began the experiment with the same ability, but the way they were praised changed their amount of effort. Kids with the growth mindset continued to grow while the fixed mindset kids rejected anything challenging that would make them feel dumb. That experiment showed that you can start with a talent, but the hard work along the journey makes all the difference. For example, Abraham Lincoln had a lot of ups and downs before succeeding in the political realm. He had several failed runs at political office before he became President. He was rejected and wasn’t labeled initially as the brilliant politician, but he never gave up. He lost the Senate seat in 1855, but that sparked an idea in his mind. He tried to think of a better way to win and grow. He reconsidered his party and joined the Republican party, leaving the Whig party behind. With his out of the box thinking, he succeeded, not because of his innate ability as a great politician, but because he didn’t fear failure and wanted to succeed. Throughout the chapter, I’ve learned that ability isn’t the ticket to success, what really gets you to the finish line is effort.

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    1. I agree with your ideas about this chapter, Kayla! Effort is definitely the key to success. If you have talent but not the drive and determination to do anything with it, it's simply not going to work. One must put in their 100% to see any sort of successful outcome. Keep up the great responses, Kayla! :~)

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    2. Hi Kayla! I really liked your whole response to this chapter. Like you said Abraham Lincoln, like many others, was very successful because he could correct and come back from previous failures. With a great amount of determination and effort anyone deemed as a failure can become a success at any time in their life.

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  13. Chapter Four Response
    I have the mindset of a champion because I work hard and know that there’s always more to learn. I know that I am not a prodigy, but with the growth mindset, I can still succeed, grow, and learn. With the example of Billy Beane on page 82, he had the ability, he just didn’t have the mindset, and that is what made him fail. Using that example, I want to go through life with the goals to grow and learn, whether that means succeeding and getting a title, or just knowing I’m happy with what I know. I seem to do my best when things are going against me, especially since then I have nothing to lose. If I’m the expected champion, I have a lot of pressure on me and wouldn’t want to let people down. That expectation would cloud my vision in that situation. However, if I’m an underdog, I can focus on just my efforts and what I want to achieve for myself. Using a growth mindset, I can learn from my mistakes. For example, if I’m chosen to take a penalty kick in soccer but miss, I can take that and practice even harder so the next time I will make it, just like Michael Jordan. His example payed off. He didn’t start as a star, but his growth mindset led him to practice each time he failed so he could bounce back even better.

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    1. I am the same as you, I know I am not a prodigy, but I still believe I can grow and succeed. I am the type of person that will keep going and trying and learn from my mistakes until I am content with my success. I am glad I am not a person who gives up at rejection or failure like the fixed mindset.

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    2. I also feel that way. I feel like if you fail or succeed, you can still work hard to be better at what you do. If you do really good in a baseball you know that you can do better. If you don't do so hot on a quiz in school you know you can do better.

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  14. Chapter 3:
    I probably did think at some point in my life that success was from natural talent. As I have gotten older, I have come to realize that without hard-work and passion to pursue something, you cannot excel to your full potential. I completely agree with Dr. Dweck in saying “With the right mindset and the right teaching, people are capable of a lot more than we think.” (pg 64)

    One of my role models in the music industry was not always known as the most talented musician in the world. He dabbled with a couple of instruments (piano, french horn, and trumpet) in his teenage years, but found out that those instruments were not the right fit for him. His band director even complained to his mother that he needed to practice much more, and was therefore kicked out of the school’s band. Instead of helping a little kid enjoy music, his band director put him down. The band director thought that this immature kid could not do any more than what he was born with. (pg 70)

    My role model picked up the guitar at the age of eighteen, and found that he loved the variety of sounds you can get out of a guitar. Many of his friends had already been playing the guitar, so they doubted his ability to play just as well, if not better than them. They tried limiting him to what he had always been: a non-musician. (pg 67 & 70) He went to college and was forced to play a second instrument- the violin. He knew that if he did not put the time into his guitar abilities, then he would never get to where he wanted to be.

    He did everything he could to completely immerse himself in all that guitar had to offer. Because he was curious, he asked his friends lots of questions; read magazine articles; and practiced a lot. To this day, he puts so much time into practicing that his hands hurt if he does not play for a day. From what he has done, I have learned that you should do what you love even if people (mainly with a fixed mindset) are discouraging you.

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  15. CHAPTER SIX: I cannot say that I have ever turned somebody away because of their imperfections... that seems silly to me. I came to accept that nobody is perfect at a young age. Rather, I think sometimes I find love to be blinding because I get a little lost in anything that the other person is doing. Even if they are treating me horribly in plain sight, I would look past that and have faith that they still love me. Having that mindset in the past, I now struggle with believing in love. I think my mindset when it comes to relationships has faded from growth to fixed. Just as the passage states, I now believe that a relationship is good or bad, meant-to-be or not meant-to-be. I hope that in the future my mind will change again.

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    1. I haven't turned somebody away because of their imperfections, either. I agree with you when you say that love can be a bit blinding sometimes; you see so much good in the person that you love so much, the bad doesn't even seem as awful as it actually is. But in contrast to you, I think my mindset has developed from fixed to growth. I always wished that someday a person would just appear in my life and be perfect for me, but as I grew older I learned that no one will ever be absolutely perfect. People make mistakes, two partners may come to odds sometimes, but it's important that the people know how to grow together instead of apart.

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    2. I agree with you, my mindset has grown from fixed to growth with love. I used to think that, like the auThor said, I wouldn't have to try, that it would all be easy. I'm learning the perain that is worth it is the one you want to work on it with. the one you want to fix all your problems and differences with. I have learned and am continuing to learn that love is not easy and takes effort from both sides. I still believe in a soul mate but you'll always have to try to make it work.

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    3. CHAPTER SIX (redone with quote): I cannot say that I have ever turned somebody away because of their imperfections... that seems silly to me. I came to accept that nobody is perfect at a young age. Rather, I think sometimes I find love to be blinding because I get a little lost in anything that the other person is doing. Even if they are treating me horribly in plain sight, I would look past that and have faith that they still love me. Having that mindset in the past, I now struggle with believing in love. I think my mindset when it comes to relationships has faded from growth to fixed. Just as the passage states, I now believe that a relationship is "good or bad, meant-to-be or not meant-to-be." (p.148) I hope that in the future my mind will change again.

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    4. Mallory, I love that you are able to see past everyone's imported rooms and you are able to see the good in everyone you meet. You are such a ball of love and good energy the room lights up when you walk in. You accept everyone and it's so great!! I have also had my relationship mindset change from growth to fixed. Trying to work on that. Because everyone deserves a chance! And you have to see past their imperfections!

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  17. Chapter Three
    I had always assumed that in order to be successful, a person had to have an innate talent or ability. As I grew older, I saw that success wasn't entirely based on a person's inborn ability; success could happen to anyone that practiced a healthy lifestyle for success. The author writes that experts agree that Pollock had little native talent for art, yet he still worked hard at his painting and "became one of the greatest American painters to revolutionize modern art" (pg. 70) Another example of this would be Walt Disney, who was first fired by a newspaper editor because he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas." With that in mind and several run-ins with bankruptcy, Walt Disney eventually defeat his obstacles by eventually discovering a recipe for success. He did this by continuing to work at what he loved and not giving up on his dreams.

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    1. I agree with you Cici! I thought that in order to be successful you had to be born with a certain trait to "be successful". But now I have come to realize that anyone can be successful in their own ways, not just money wise. If you work hard enough and try then you can become successful. Also, Disney really can back with a punch to the face to everyone now a days. Look at how it all evolved! He started off not so successful, but he shared his ideas with groups that would support him and make him successful.

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  18. Chapter Six
    I have never closed myself off from certain relationships because I expected perfection. There's no such thing as a perfect human being; everyone has their faults. It's how people harmonize their differences together that allow for them to align themselves and have a good relationship.

    The author writes that in a fixed mindset, the ideal is instant compatibility, whereas a growth mindset says all things can be developed (pg. 148). It's better to enter a relationship with a growth mindset because in order for partners to have a successful relationship, they have to had grown together as a couple and not let the differences between each other separate them. For instance, there are many people in my life that have become wonderful additions despite their imperfections. Some of my closest friends have certain personality traits that occasionally causes us to bump heads and conflict with each other, but our friendship is strong enough for us to look past each others' moodiness and stubbornness and still see the good of one another underneath.

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    1. I appreciate your comments on the imperfections of people. I agree that everyone has their faults, but find your philosophy on that the harmony of differences creates the relationship to be interesting. I have never thought of it that way, but completely agree.

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    2. I agree with your statement that says you should enter in a relationship with a growth mindset. Entering with a fixed mindset will not help each individual grow, and most likely do the opposite. My friends and I are the same way. Even though we have our differences we manage to talk it out and move on. I really appreciate this because I value friendship too much to loose it so I’m glad my friends are the same.

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  19. I never thought of a Soccer Coach as brilliant. My friend loves soccer and there is this professional team he hates because of how the players are picked. The coach of that team I'm sure isn't school smart, but money smart. The coach buys the players for loads of money only for their talent. the team is amazing, apparently the money is worth it in winning wise. This isn't a way I would pick players but it's working for them. The team is very successful, but it's working for him.

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  20. I don't think I have the mindset of a champion, but a winner. I don't see myself as the best at anything, I try to put reality to it. But I see myself as good, like second or third. I can have myself work hard when I need to but I also don't like to do something if I'm not going to do it fully. I dot see a point in starting if you don't finish or don't do it to your best ability. I can raise my game when it counts. In softball when i know it's an important play I have the mindset of "I want the ball" or "I hope it comes to me" not the contradicting statements.

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    1. Putting reality to it is healthy, but it can also hold you back. If Michael Jordan or Babe Ruth did this, they would have quit when things didn't work out for them initially. I think that you should try and go for first, but also be contempt if you don't get it. Starting but not finishing is similar to competing but not getting first, you should always aim to finish or get first.

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    2. Although I do not play sports, I can relate to you in a similar way. If there is something that I absolutely need to be done with, I will give it my all. To me, there are very few things that are worth to see the end. This may sound a little off to some people, but not everything that I do has to be done in that fashion. There are little things that can be done without worrying about whether or not I gave it my best shot. Those things could be as simple as taking the trash out. However, If I did not tie the trash completely, then we will have some visitors coming after the trash.

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  21. CHAPTER 3:
    I am not going to lie, I failed the second grade. My MAP scores were off the charts low and I was very removed from people at a young age. I was told by my teachers, parents, and everyone else that I didn't have the brains to be in classes with my friends who were deemed "normal." I feel now that, even at a young age, I knew that I didn't put my full effort in. I knew that I had the potential to become "normal." I guess you could say that I always believed success came from ability, but others disagreed with me. In my current state, I wouldn't call myself super successful, but I wouldn't consider myself a failure either. I believe the label I was given made me look at myself in a different light. In the reading the author talk about how she told students how talented they were. In result, the students IQ scores went down. This got me thinking: could a person be motivated by somebody criticizing their abilities? It sounds logical. To be honest, that idea sounds like a story line straight out of a movie. My failure made me a success. I started to work very hard and became the one of the best students in my class, and the lesson still resides in my mind at all times.

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  22. Chapter 3
    Sucess is not only from innate ability, but natural talent sure does help. In the chapter, the author talks about Michael, a kid who "at 3, he was not only doing algebra, but discovering and proving algebraic rules." (Page. 63) his innate ability to do well in math and reading gave this kid a huge advantage in life. But other people who have no innate talent or skills, such as our president, got their initial start from outside help (his dad giving him a small loan in this case). So even though innate ability does help a lot, it is not the only thing that gives a person success. It could also be the help that trump got or the assistance that Thomas Edison got when making the lightbulb.

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    1. I agree with your statement that says natural talent does help. After reading this article I thought that I was able to achieve lots of talents, which is possible. However like the example you used, it sure would’ve been easier to have a born talent to be interested In school. I think that when people are born with talents they have the upper hand advantage, rather then someone who has to work hard for it.

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    2. I agree Benas! Natural talent always help, but when you have someone who will back you up and you don't need a natural talent to come out on top, it's sad. People work so hard for what the have. And their point of view of success is different than others. More of the lower/middle class people may believe that putting dinner on their table is a success every night, unlike an upper class family may think buying a new car is successful. It all depends on where you are.

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    3. i totally agree with your anaylsis on the amount of talent required to reach success Talent can bring you so many places but it is the outside help(like money or support) that can help make or break someone's success in life. On the other hand, i've noticed in this day and age that there are many talentless successfull people out there(the kardashians/jenners.) With all due respect, it seems like you can be successful just with the help of money like you mentioned with Trump. But if trump were to have some sort of talent or ability, maybe he wouldn't stink at his job.

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  23. Chapter 4
    I do not have the mindset of a champion. This entire chapter implies that you must work hard and that is the only thing, even though it states that part of why babe Ruth did so well because "he had a lot of power" (pg. 86). All the people that the chapter spoke about seem to do well when being worked against, especially Michael Jordan. I think he had it worst being rejected more than anyone. I am unlike that however, I simply do not care whether i win or loose. I try equally as hard when I am winning and when I am loosing. I think this is a good thing, I am consistent in what I can do, and it is a lot less stressful for me when I try the same amount always. The growth mindset would change this, I would be more motivated to do well, and would do better when I am loosing be I would be trying to win that much and improve, but I would not be having as much fun. I do not care about the trophy I care about the journey.

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    1. I envy your unchanging effort when being on either the winning or losing side of a situation. I go into all obstacles looking to overcome, but my actions usually differ when the odds are not in my favor. I tend to brush things off as if I don't care, but I really ease up on my effort in fear of rejection and letting myself or others down without any excuse or real reason besides that my best efforts were just not enough.

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  24. chapter 3
    As a child up, I had the idea that success came right from people who were talented or had a special ability that made them better than others. But when i reached junior high, I heard the story of how Steve Jobs founded Apple by no typical means. Steve Jobs wasn't particularly school smart or labeled talented-skipping classes he didn't care about, devising pranks, and eventually dropping out of Reed College. All of these things describe someone who doesn't sound like they are going anywhere, but being one of the most successful men, Steve Jobs used hard workwith the help of luck to reach the success he has reached. A man like Jobs with a growth mindset doesn't require talent-only dedication and good timing.

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    1. I agree witj what you say about having dedication and good timing. I think having the right timing is a big factor in bwing successful snd alot of people have the dedication but not the opportunity

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  25. Chapter 3:
    When I was in middle school, there were always certain kids in our class with known talents that stuck out. The artists, the smart ones, the athletic ones, etc. So I did believe that my peers had a talent that came natural to them. Maybe it did, but I didn’t believe that I could be as talented. After reading chapter 3, I realized that anyone can have the talent of being an artist, or smart, or athletic. Something that stuck out in the chapter was the before and after portraits of people who thought they didn’t have artistic ability, who went on to create amazing self-portraits. On page 70 it says, “Some people simply pick up these skills in the natural course of their lives, whereas others have to work to learn them and put them together. But we can see from the “after” self-portraits, everyone can so it.” I realized that everyone has the capability to have talents, it’s whether or not you put in the motivation and work to get them. An example of someone who became successful who did have major setbacks is J.K Rowling. Even though J.K Rowling is thought of as brilliant for creating Harry Potter, one of the most famous series, she did face challenges in the beginning. J.K Rowling was labeled with the stereotypes of being a single mother, and because of that thought she wasn’t capable of finishing the Harry Potter series. She was going through depression, and didn’t have a steady job because of the death of her mother. Minus the setbacks, J.K Rowling worked harder and every chance she got, she wrote. Even though she got rejection letter after rejection letter from different publishers, it didn’t stop her motivation. Rowling’s motivation helped her become extremely successful. Even though she went through setbacks, and had to deal with stereotypes it didn’t stop her from becoming the first billionaire author.

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    1. I also was amazed by the self-portraits, especially since being an artist is always associated with being a natural. I find it interesting that many people still believe that you can only be successful as a natural. The example of J.K. Rowling perfectly proves that if you work hard, you can shape the world to your own desires (Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers).

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  26. I have never had the mindset as a champion. I always has and always will work for what I want. Even when odds are against me I work twice as hard. Nothing I have gotten in life was for free. My family always taught me to work hard for what you want and you will get there. Even if you win, you never really win. There is always going to be another obstacle ahead. I'd rather loose and give it my all rather than winning and not for the right reasons. I don't think anyone is at their best. I think everyone has room to improve in their experience in every situation.

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  27. Chapter 3-
    When I was little, I always assumed that the "successful" people were born with a special ability, or "had connections" to get to where they were. I didn't realize until I had a job, how hard people actually worked to make a living. Reading this reminded me of a guy named Christopher Langan. For awhile, he had the highest IQ in the world, now it's someone different but he stuck out in my mind. Why? Because growing up he had a very hard family life. He had an abusive step-father and when he went to school, he would sit in the corner and not talk to anyone. Despite the fact he was smarter than anyone in the class, no one would know that until he got to highschool and would get into trouble for correcting the teachers. He passed all of his classes with flying colors but didn't make it all he way through college. After college, he went to be a night guard at a bar, and people started to realize how start he was. He then put himself out there and started to write a book. On page 66, "But aren't students sorted into different ability levels for a reason?..." This is judging someone off of their test scores, which bugs me too. Because no matter what I score on a big test, that doesn't decide my fate in life.

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      Success is not always about what you can do. Its about what you can offer and the determination that you have to get to success. Its not about the talent or intelligence you have its about the will power and the drive to get things done. A real hardworking person does not get success handed to them they work for it and they earn the respect that they get. Of course people who are born into success dont have to do much but those people are lazy. There are people trying to make livings for themselves and their families and i believe that these people are the real smart and intelligent people there anyone tell them they cant do anything.

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  28. chapter 3
    i believe that most success comes from ability but i also believe that innate talent also has a factor. In most cases people will work hard for the things that they want, but there definitely are a few cases out there where people are handed the things they want without working for them. As a kid i was thought you only get things if you worked for them, but i now believe that isn't always true. Steve Jobs dropped out of and people always look at that as something bad. Apple, one of the most successful incorporations in the world, was founded by a college dropout. He worked hard days and nights and did not get all the success handed to him without work.

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  29. chapter 4
    o you have the mindset of a champion? Do you do your best when things are going for you or against you? How can you use a growth mindset to raise your game when it counts most?
    I like to think i do have the mindset of a champion, but i wasn't always this way. When i was much younger,during soccer games I would constantly refer back to the score board to adjust how hard I was trying. If it seemed like the other team was too far ahead, i would fall back on hustling because i knew we were going to lose. Things changed in highschool. I stopped watching the score board as much and focused on doing my job the best I could so that I knew I did everything in my power to help my team reach victory. With a growth mindset, even if the orher team was slaughtering us, you would still fight hard to make it a worthwhile game and to become better as a team.

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    1. I was the same way as you were freshman year when i played soccer, if i looked at the scoreboard and i saw that they had 8 goals on us and we never even got close to scoring then i just wouldn't try as hard. There's a sense of "it doesn't matter how well i do, we're still going to lose." That wasn't right because i just flat out didn't try instead of trying to take what happened and use that to help me improve for next game and hopefully prevent us getting destroyed again.

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  31. Chapter 3

    I did believe that everyone was born with talent, but i didn't necessarily think that talent was going to make everyone successful. I think it takes a lot of motivation to reach your goals and help from others is always okay. Stephen King is an amazing author but it wasn't easy for him or most writers. One of his most known pieces Carrie was rejected 30 times. He gave up and called it quits but his wife kept him motivated and pushed him to keep trying and he is now one of the most successful writers. I think that it takes a lot of dedication and motivation to become one of the most successful people out there but not everyone can become that successful without talent. For some people certain things come easier or as the text says “Some people simply pick up these skills in the natural course of their lives, whereas others have to work to learn them and put them together” pg 70.

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  32. Chapter 3:

    For me, success had always been the the outcome of having high intelligence or being naturally smart. It wasn’t until I was introduced to several different learning styles that i figured out that success was composed of multiple things including; hard work, motivation, and the ability to learn from mistakes. On page 62 it explains that some children are different in regards to what they accomplish at an early age. Author Ellen Winner writes, “These are children who seem to be born with heightened abilities and obsessive interests, and who, through relentless pursuit of these interests, become amazingly accomplished. ” However, fast forward to page 64 and the author examines how many times being smart is inclusive and the children that become students who seem to be behind, are put into a category of one that is commonly given up on. Jaime Escalante was able to teach students from “one of the worst schools in Los Angeles” AP Calculus by asking “how” instead of “can”. The author then states that, “this means there’s a lot of intelligence out there being wasted by underestimating students’ potential to develop. The students from Garfield High School were motivated to learn after succumbing to the fixed mindset of being stuck in their own intelligence realm and possibly losing interest in learning. In the book, “Outliers” the author accentuates many stories about people who became successful not because they were automatically great, but came to be through practice, timing, and attitude. One in particular was about The Beatles. Off bat, they were not great artist. Individually they were good, but together as a band they were sloppy and couldn't play in accordance with one another and often had disagreements with the course of their career. One day they gotten a phone call for the opportunity to play at a nightclub for some pay that was too appealing. Instead of passing it up because of the crazy long hours and the fact that they had to play the same songs every night, they took the gig. WIthout knowing, The Beatles we know today were able to build their musical career because of the amount of practice they were able to put in together as a band.


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    Having the mindset of champion plasters itself in the back of my mind but minimally shows in my work ethic when things become difficult. After reading about Willis and his setbacks with not being good enough to play in the majors I found myself relating to him. Sometimes you have the drive to be your best self and it just doesn't work out; nearing the line between working even harder or finding that you should give up. Playing soccer was something i never saw myself doing and going into my fourth year of going through the same process and fears of failure and accomplishments is crippling yet driving; ironic. The times of keep trying something over and over hoping to get it right the next time makes it's easy to want to give up. The author states, “Willis was now ready to quit, but the first-base coach refused to let him. Now that the mechanics were in place, Willis needed work on his mind.”(page 89) My coach cannot stress enough how important he feels that attitude and energy can outweigh skill and after reading that line about Willis it instantly reminded me of all those times I felt like i just couldn't get it and a fellow teammate that I always worked with during practice encouraged me to keep going no matter what. Sometimes I’m ready to put the work in, but having someone to push me to get there helps readjust my mindset and get back to business.

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    1. Mardog, I cannot agree with you more about how our coach used to always talk about attitude towards the game outweighing skill. Even though I missed out on a majority of the season, I could tell how much that mindset helped to improve our game. Hopefully we can keep instilling the mindset in future seasons and be successful.

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  33. Chapter 3 Response
    I have grown up living in the shadows of my two successful siblings, and I always thought that since they were smart I would also be as smart. I believed up until middle school that you were either born to be successful or born to be average and not be as successful as other people. I learned quickly that to be successful or talented at anything you had to work extremely hard and put forth the effort. My parents told me to work hard and don't let up, because thats how you're going to get into college and eventually Get a job. Once I was told this my thinking of you were either smart or you weren't quickly changed, and now I believe I know what it takes to be successful. When I think of somebody who wasn't the brightest and came to be extremely successful I think of my cousin George Bugel. On my vacation this year to visit them I asked how he started his business and his story fits the description of a great comeback. As a kid George was always smart and eventually graduated from EPCHS many years ago. He was a brilliant student and went of to college with a lot of promise. At Southern Illinois University he told me he failed his first few classes and eventually he dropped out looking for job. He couldn't work where he wanted to work because he doesn't have a proper college degree so he worked odd jobs for many years. Eventually he moved down to Texas and started school again for design. He took his knowledge from this school and he opened up his own sign business in the south part of Houston. He now takes jobs from large companies such as Budweiser, and BP. His buisness is all paid off and everything he makes is totally profit and in one week he says he can make up to $60,000 in one week. "Yes he's doing this stuff alone because he is the only one who knows what he's after." Page 55. This quote describes George so well because he put in so much work to make a living, and even his wife doubted that his business would succeed. His story is a perfect example I believe of someone who failed in the easy part of his life only to turn it around and now make a great living doing something he loves.

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  34. Chapter 3
    I always thought test scores measured how good enough you were on that class. Ive always been bad at anything science related and always did bad in any science class. Reading chapter 3 has chnaged my view on test scores and grades. "Remeber test scores and measures of achievement tell you where a student is but they dont tell you where a student could end up." page 66. I felt a light bulb go off in my head when i read this becuz its so true. And it made me feel better for the school year to come. Reading all these chapters makes more motivated for school and like i have a chance to be a. Person with a growth mindset. My friend is on a sport with me and ive always underestimated her and what she can do becuz of what others said about her. She wasnt the kindrst or wasnt the smartest. And honestly shes become so successful in this sport and shes a great leader and shes defently grown alot in the last year. Despite what others think shes really become very success and im very proud of her. She had so much dedication and put alot of effort into it and thats how she became so good at what she does.

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    1. That is always how i felt too. I thought test scores were everything. I thought my test scores were always supposed to shape your future for you until one day i started looking at all my accomplishments. Why wouldnt anyone ignore someone's accomplishments? Bad test scores should never automatically mean that that person is unsuccessful. I also believe the people that only look at a person's test scores really miss out on the really good things that that has to offer to this world.

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  35. Chapter 6
    Ive learned and reliazed alot about my past relationships reading this chapter and im very happy that i read it. Now i dont believe ive ever closed myself pff to certain relationships becuz i wanted them to be perfect or becuz i expected perfection. No relationship is perfect and i truly beleiev that. My best friend and i are great together but we have our fights here and there just like everybody else. I was in a really long relationship and after it ended it made me relize alot. Page 145"that relatiosnhip and how it ended really taught me the importance of communicating..." when i read this i was like omg meeeee. I totally can agree to this and its so truem communication is a big part of any relationship. Especially with your parents. After the relationship ended i knew what i really needed and wanted.
    Ive made a new friend recently and i think theyre gonna be a realy good addition to my life. Although they have alot Alot ALOOTTT of flaws...so far theyev had a really good impact in my life for only knowing them for like 2 months. They treat me good and give me wise advice. Theyeve taught me that trying new things is good and that its okay to have fun and be social.((becuz im very introverted snd shy))
    Another person who i think would be s great addition to my life is my mom. Ive never been really close to my mom. Despite her many imperfections of parenting the more i open up snd talk to her about whatd going on in my life i feel more at ease knowing shes there for and that i csn count on her. And i hope our relationship continued to grow snd blossom into something beautiful and strong.

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  37. Chapter 3
    I have never assumed success comes right from innate talent or ability. I have always believed that through hardwork and time you can reach your goals. An example of this hardwork is seen Thomas Edison's success, "what eventually set him apart was his mindset and drive." (Pg. 56). This mindset and drive he possessed is key to success in any area. People who aren't labeled as bright yet are very successful possess a growth mindset. As mentioned on page 67, " the fixed mindset limits achievement. It fills people's minds with interfering thoughts, making effort disagreeable." However, in a growth mindset one isn't scared to fail and even learns from their mistakes. This causes development in that area, leading to success.

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    1. I agree that working hard and learning to accept failure in order to bounce back and aim towards success is the way to go. Only when you put in the time, effort, dedication will you truly be able to reach a state of happiness and feel successful with whatever you accomplish. Overcoming a fixed mindset will also take the (figurative) cap off what you really can achieve when you put in the work necessary for it.

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  38. Chapter 4
    I do not have the mindset of a champion. Similarly to Billy Beane, " the minute things went wrong it was as if he didn't know how to fail." (Pg. 82). More often than not, when things begin to go wrong they continue to go downhill until I question the fundamentals of my game (golf). I do my best when things are going my way. When I have the momentum on my side and I've found my groove, I thrive. However, when I lose my groove it get progressively worse. Using a growth mindset can raise my game when it matters most. " Those with the growth mindset find setbacks motivating." (Pg. 99). This motivation is what can propell myself through hardships.

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    1. I can relate to this Cullin. When I am in rough patch, I tend to be very self-depreciating and pessimistic. Through dedication and hard work, I believe that we both can transition into the growth mindset of a champion!

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  39. Chapter 3
    I always thought that success came from a mixture of hard work and talent, but mostly it was natural talent. I thought if you were good at something right off the bat then you'll always find success in that said category. I've come to find out that isn't always the case. Take me and my sister for example, my sister is an amazing artist, some of her drawings look like pictures taken with a camera. My drawings on the other hand look like something out of a horror film. I thought well i can't draw so it's just something that i'll never be good at, but i was shown otherwise. I started to draw with my sister and we would both draw the same thing, her drawing would be obviously better, but she would give me tips to help out; and much like the students who took Betty Edwards's class on page 68, i showed massive growth. If you ask someone what they think about Shaquille O'Neal, chances are that are not going to say smart. They will be more likely to point out his size or humor. Yet he's extremely successful. I think that the reason for that is that he used height and found a way to make jokes off of it, and from that people came to know him as a funny guy which most individuals like to watch and support.

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    1. I used to have the same thought as you when you said, "I thought if you were good at something right off the bat then you'll always find success in that said category." I always believed that no matter what simply because whenever I'd show a strength in something, for example applying a bandage on a small wound, my parents would comment on how I should go into a field on that subject. "Wow you should be a doctor!"

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  41. Chapter 4
    I definitely do not have the mindset of a champion. When things start to go my way then i'm on fire, i'm comfortable and i'm dominating whatever it is that i'm doing. When things aren't going my then i begin to get frustrated and perform worse. I'm not like Jackie Joyner or Maury Wills (pg 88-89) who can just lose and lose and lose over and over again, but through their experience and hard work begin to win. I feel like if i'm not seeing improvement then i'm not improving. I need to try and change that and gain a growth mindset because with that then every single moment, win or lose, is valuable. You can gauge what will work and what won't work, you can pick on things that your winning opponent are doing and try to do that yourself. Everything that happens is a learning experience, so when things aren't going your way then you gain something plus you'll know what not to do for next time rather than just getting angry and just flat out losing. With a growth mindset you will always be able to pick out something that can help or find something that you can improve on.

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    1. Hi David! Its good to see that you are able to dominate what ever you wish to accomplish. I like your outlook on a growth mindset. It sure made me think differently! Keep trying to maintain a growth mindset so you can keep improving!

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  42. Chapter 3

    I have always assumed that people who are talented are the ones who will have a bright future ahead of them or be the most successful. In reality someone’s skill level can change over time and one can even learn to do new things.this is something that i have to remind myself of all the time when it comes to things like my art. Take a person like Collin Burns who managed to solve a rubik’s cube in 5.25 seconds. He said in an interview that only five years before he couldn’t do it in 30 seconds and that it was all a matter of practice. He was never someone with an innate talent for something like this he was just dedicated enough.Collin is the example that just like the author stated “we all have interests that can blossom into abilities.”

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  43. Chapter 6:
    I have let the idea of perfection stop me from starting a new friendship. I was at a family reunion with my dad. The youngest person there, besides me, was 45ish. I am not as close with my dad's side of the, but I am unbelievably close with my mom's side. My mom's side of the family is the best family that I know. They are funny, nice, and loyal. I didn't want to meet my dad's side of the family and be disappointed. I had this idea in my head that nobody would live up to my mom's family. I didn't realize how much this new family would have to offer. Yeah, they were different than my mom's side, but this different was a good different. The new family's calmness balanced out my other family's craziness. Instead of throwing the food we had, the new family ate the food (new concept, I know)! This new family diynamic forced me to have different traits such as better manners (plus, they taught me how to talk to the elderly because they were so old). "In a good relationship, people develop these skills and, as they do, ... grow and the relationship deepens" (159-160). As I got to know how my new family acted, I got to realize that they weren't as bad as I sought them out to be. This leads me to answering the second question. Whatever a person's "flaws" are, they can always make you a better person. Even if that person got you into trouble or if they are not what you expected.

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    1. That post is Belle Haun's. Sorry for the inconvenience. Google isn't working for me at the moment.

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  44. Chapter Three

    I always assumed that success came from hard work and some innate talent. Some people seem to be better in certain fields than others, but as shown in the Is Artistic Ability A Gift section, hard work can make you excel in areas you didn't think you were good at. Steven Spielberg is an example. He was rejected by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts multiple times. He then went on to win three Academy Awards, 4 Emmys, 7 Daytime Emmys, and his 27 movies have grossed more than $9 billion. He did not let rejection discourage him and went to be successful with hard work.

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  45. I don't think I ever closed myself off from a relationship because it would be too perfect. Although I do don't allow certain relationships go any more than what they are. I wouldn't want to loose what me and this person have. I think I was afraid to take the risk of loosing that person. If something doesn't work out the way we plan then I would loose not only my boyfriend but my best friend. We have been close for a long time. We caught feelings but we born didn't want anything a s to happen because we wanted us to last. I don't know where I would be without him honestly. I can literally talk to him about anything. Even though we were scared of a failed relationship we went for it. I'm glad we did, we didn't let our negative mind see her to us.

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  46. In my opinion, success is mostly due to perspiration and being able to talk advantage of a favorable opportunity. Take Edison in the text for example, he obviously had an innate talent for invention and marketing products, but he also had a tireless work ethic. The author highlights how the invention of the lightbulb was a years long process that was, "a whole network of time consuming inventions (54)".He succeeded not by being the smartest man but by taking advantage of every opportunity that came his way and out working his competition.

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    1. i agree, its all about seizing your opportunities, but you also have to prepare yourself to make sure you are ready when the opportunity presents itself, and that can only be done through hard work.

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  48. CHAPTER 4:
    I don't think I have the mindset of a champion. Michael Jordan was cut from a varsity team and wasn't recruited by the team he wanted,yet he kept trying and became successful. Had I been in his position I don't think I would have kept trying. I do better when things go my way because it gives me confidence and reassurance in what I do. However, if things didn't go my way it would also stir up drive and determination to keep going. You can use the growth mindset to help you in a game by not being afraid of mistakes and learning from them to improve.

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    1. I completely agree with you Richard. Use failure as a tool to see where you need to be and work hard to get there. If Mike did make the team, who knows, maybe he wouldn't have worked as hard and never become the greatest ever. Things happen and you must take advantage of every second you get to get where you want to be.

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  49. Chapter 6-
    There has not been a time where I shut someone out of my life due to their imperfections. This doesn’t mean I don’t notice others flaws, I just don’t necessarily care about them. Whether it’s physically or even mentally, everyone has their own look, their own ideas, their own mind It would be silly so shut someone out. I’m a very open person when It comes to creating friendships and relationships except I do come off as shy. Something that interested me in the topic of shyness on page 163 was, “The observers’ ratings showed that, although both fixed- and growth-minded shy people looked very nervous for the first five minute of the interaction, after that the shy growth-minded people showed greater social skills, were more likable, and created a more enjoyable interaction.” This sentence was interesting to me, because I related to it so much. I come off as very shy, but when I’m out into a situation where it would benefit me to meet new people, such as the first day of school, or if I’m attending a new camp I’ll start off shy but then become a social person. Usually, once I start a conversation with someone I become more comfortable and less shy. When it comes to shyness, I do believe that I have a growth mindset because after a couple minutes of talking to someone new, it won’t seem like I am a shy person. Many of my close friends and family members have many imperfections that I notice often. Even when I do not agree with them on certain topics, or notice their imperfections, I don’t shut them out. I open up to them even more. Similar to relationships explained in the article, many of my friends are very supportive and encourage each other to thrive. It’s something that I value in friendship.

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    1. I too am a growth mindset shy person. When I played soccer it was always awkward the first time I had to perform a drill with a teammate I didn't know, but after a few minutes I would get used to the player and start to build a relationship that would later help our team win games.

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    2. I also come off shy when I am interacting with new people or people who I am uncomfortable with. I like how accepting you are of others, faults and all. It helps nervous individuals (such as myself) feel more comfortable in an environment with unfamiliar people.

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  50. Chapter 4 Response
    I really like to think I have the mindset of a champion. A champion is someone who wins and is a very talented athlete at their respective sport. The mindsets all these champions have is much more than their physical ability. As Mia Hamm said the most important part to an athlete is to have great mental toughness. For me I think I have a mindset like this because I always stay positive even when I know defeat is inevitable. My mindset I have makes me more at ease while performing because if you are always negative and doubt yourself I believe this can distract you affecting your performance. One of the first things you need to learn as an athlete is to have a good mind along with physical condition. Even though my swim team loses all the time I still think like the champions and I try to do the best I can even if I face defeat. With that statement its clear I do better when the odds are clearly not in my favor. I am not claiming to be Michael Phelps, but I don't think I am a terrible swimmer, and even though our team loses swimming is a very individual sport. I always strive to do my best because whats the point of knowing you're going to lose and not try. If you give your best you may surprise yourself. In Diana Nyad's case she has the record for long distance swimming but a team of people helped her reach her goal. Although I believe I have the mindset of a champion, you need support through a team in my case fellow team mates, coaches, and family. Doing well under pressure is very helpful because once you become a superb athlete pressure is something that shouldn't exist, because you learn overcoming it. Using a growth mindset is the best way to help yourself improve, and help you when need it the most. At every meet your growth mindset should tell you to get faster and improve the more you perform. This extremely helpful once you're in a situation that you need to do very well. You use this mindset by telling yourself that you have a certain goal to reach, whether that be winning the race or doing a specific time you wanted. This works almost hand in hand with a fixed mindset about something. You should be reaching for a fixed goal or better, and the way you get to that point is by utilizing a growth mindset to help you achieve. Once you have the mindset of a champion you can certainly use the growth aspect of your brain to help you achieve. Even if you do not reach your goal but improve the growth mindset you have should always be pushing you down the path towards greatness.

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  54. Chapter Three
    When I was much younger, in the years before my freshman year, I was on the train of "the widespread belief that intelligence is born," (page 67) and I believed people that were good at their art because they were born to do it. I believed that the man that could design buildings that are able to withstand powerful forces of nature, was born to design those types of buildings. I believed that the woman that could write in any programming language with ease was born to code like a goddess. When I was young I was bad at almost everything I could think of, but that didn't bother me much. I simply kept going and kept learning, and before I knew it, I was good at something. I realized, through this experience, that having skill in an art requires perseverance and experience. Nowadays, when I notice a master at the works of their trade, I appreciate the amount of effort they have put forth into their mastery.
    When I thought of someone who wasn't labeled brilliant or talented and was highly successful, I instantly thought of Sylvester Stallone. It's wasn't that he was seen as unintelligent or inept, in fact I don't believe he was. What made him appear in my mind was the fact that when he showed his script to the now producers of the great classic Rocky, they thought it was great, but they did not want him to star as Rocky. It's odd thinking about the movie Rocky without Stallone. Anyways, he pretty much told the producers that if he sold his script and it became a big hit and he wasn't in it, he would jump off a bridge; that's not going to happen. The producers substantially increased his paycheck if he agreed to not star in the movie and he kept going and going and eventually he settled for less money and the role. He wasn't labelled as talented as the top actors at that time, but he became highly successful not too long after the movie. Like "how Jason Pollock got from point A to point B," (page 70) Stallone stayed determined and got from his point A to his point B.

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    1. Hi Saul! I agree with your chapter three response. I also like how you connected the question with Sylvester Stallone. You could even connect it with his character, Rocky! Keep up the good work.

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  55. Chapter 3
    During my life I have never truly believed that success comes purely from innate ability or talent. Having been put into a variety of activities at the young age of three years old it was in my interest in which of the activities I would want to pursue. I believe that once a person chooses to continue something they enjoy the success and growth within that activity will follow. I believe this can be read also on page 63 where it says "Prodigies or not, we all have interests that can blossom into abilities." Ed Sheeran is an amazing example of a person born without an ability but became successful through years of practice and dedication. He has also actually publicly gone onto television interviews and spoke about the fact that artists are not born with such talent, and that hey have to work at it in order to achieve success.

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    1. I agree that if a person sticks with an interest it can develop into a successful hobby/career. No one is born with a gold medal around their neck. Even the best of the best had to put in time to get to where they are in life.

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  56. I do believe that I have the mindset of a champion. Having competed in various sorts all of my life I have had to adjust to new coaches and styles as well as new team mates and environments. Although I believe that I have this certain mindset now I do not believe that I have had it for more than two years now. When I used to run on our school's cross-country team I would refuse to run exactly five minutes before each meet. I was always convinced that I wouldn't be successful therefore there was no point in competing. Only after I had finally been shoved on the starting line and had ran the race would I feel calm again. I went into cross-country with the mindset that if I could do the minimum requirements I would be a decent runner, and that was the completely wrong way to go about it. I believe that it took until my sophomore soccer season to finally start to understand the mindset of a champion. I had been put on the varsity team and stated to feel that if I gave more and more energy each practice I could improve my skill level and become a better player. Even though our team only won a total of four games throughout that season I felt that the team, including myself, had given it our all no matter the losing outcome. After that year of soccer I knew that if I wanted to continue to get better I would have to push myself harder and harder throughout the entire year in order to achieve success in the sport. I believe this resonates with what Mia Hamm was speaking about and it was said "When eleven players want to knock you down when you're tire or injured, when the referees are against you, you can't let it affect your focus. How do you do that? You learn how."(pg.96). That learning process does not have enough time to progress only during that sport's season it happens on the off season where a person has to put in the time and effort without having to be told to do so. I also do my usual best when I know the odds are against me because then I feel that I have something to prove and work for that does not seem it has been handed to me on a silver platter. I can use my growth mindset to raise my game by thinking outside of the usual box in order to think of a new step or run that could make the difference between winning a game or losing it.

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  57. Chapter 3

    Being successful can always come from hard work. I just believe some people dont have to work so hard for their accomplishments. Everyone is born with a talent. It is just up to you to find out what talent you have been given. People go their entire lives without knowing why they were actually put on this earth. Those people that find the talent that was given to them dont struggle with getting to their success while others tend to hit a bumpy road or two. They are the ones that just have to work a little harder because they were not necessarily "born" with their innate talent, they were made to work for it. Bill Gates didnt even have to finish school to acknowledge the fact that he was already born with his "talent". He figured out what he was meant for and his did it only to lead to a very successful life.

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    1. I agree that everyone is born with a talent and that is why some people succeed in life a lot easier than others. I just don't know if everyone always find their talent. There are millions of people out there who don't end life knowing they succeed and i believe those people might be the ones who have given up.

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    2. Abby, I strongly agree that being successful can come from hard work & that everyone has a talent. I believe that certain people do have to work harder than others in order to thrive. I know a lot of people who just go through life barely trying and still end up successful. I also know many people who work extremely hard for their success. I suppose some people just end up having to put a little extra work in order to triumph. Its all about a persons mindset.

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  58. Chapter 4

    I definitely do have the mind of a champion. I allow my wounds and bruises get to the best of me only to come out on top. Champions never give up after the battles they fight. They climb, then fall, wipe off the dust, and climb again. Going through bumps and turns can only make you wiser due to the fact that after those struggles should alert you to not make the same mistakes. They bring you a step further. Before a game, if your failures are soaring throughout your head, you should only really want to overcome those struggles. You shouldnt want to stoop down to those lower levels. Especially if those lower levels have broke you down as a person. Beat the things that beat you. No bad thing should be considered innocent when it is nothing but guilty.

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    1. I completely agree with you Abby. I think my wounds and failures have made me a better person and athlete. I have tried to think like a champion by allowing myself to let myself learn from my mistakes. I think that when I think of my struggles it helps me have the right mindsets because I want to over come them.

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  60. Chapter Four
    I believe myself to inherit a mindset of a champion. When all odds seem to be against me, I do my best to prove that I can overcome anything. One can utilize a growth mindset by understanding their flaws and correcting their mistakes in order to improve their ability. Like Babe Ruth, "When he connected, it was breathtaking, but he was highly inconsistent," (page 86) one must realize their strengths and weaknesses and work to improve them both, while not ignoring their foibles.

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    1. I agree with you Saul, I find that if anyone believes in their abilities they can accomplish any feat. When I believe in my capabilities I can sometimes do amazing things. I've seen you do some gnarly stuff with your pride.

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  61. Chapter 4
    I believe I posses the mindset of a champion. When times are at their worst I perform with the same amount of success as a do when things are going well. I do whatever I can to block out he troubles and attempt to continue to grow as a person. By utilizing the growth mindset I am able to learn from my mistakes and correct my life to make sure I'm never in the same situation again. Also, to make sure I'm continually growing, I take the same mindset into my successes and attempt to improve on those as well. In my life I believe that there's never a top and I will never stop striving to make things better for me. This is why I have the mindset of a champion.

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    1. I very strongly agree with your post. I believe that in order to succeed it is extremely important to ignore the bad things that are happening and use your growth mindset. I also think that in order to better yourself you need to realize that you can always improve your skill set.

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    2. Your opinions on the champion mindset are very similar to mine. I to feel that there is never a peak. You can always continue to grow and become better, no matter the circumstances. There's is always room for improvement, even if you are the best at what you do.

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  62. chapter 6
    Sometimes i think of scenarios or people in a way that makes them stick. Because of the things i dream or think, I might block out a relationship because it doesn't meet those standards. Instead of expecting perfection from people i need to start accepting people for what they have to offer. There may be people out there who i have blocked out because they aren't "perfect". I believe people who belong in your life will be in it so if someone is a great addition to my life then i will not block them out.

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    1. I agree with you Elizabeth. I sometimes expect perfection from people and end up let down with reality. I too need to start accepting people for who they are and realizing that everyone has imperfections. I am going to try my best not to block anyone out because they might end up being an amazing addition to my life

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  63. Chapter 3
    I always felt that success came from the combination of ability and opportunity. The author says, " There's a lot of intelligence out there being wasted by underestimating students' potential to develop "(64). These people are not offered the same opportunities to advance their abilities as someone from a better background. There are a number of people whose talents are underestimated. Walt Disney lost his position at Kansas City Star because he " lacked imagination and had no good ideas". Disney later became successful because he continued to pursue his interests and found better opportunities.

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    1. I agree Aarielle. Recently, I saw a video on twitter where these underprivileged men created an electric rolley-cart to help them navigate with loose tools they found. I feel that in ghettos and underprivileged communities there are tons of potential engineers who just don't have the same opportunities as others but just as much ability and talent.

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  64. Chapter 6
    I don't close myself off from interactions with people I don't agree with because I view relationships as learning experiences. I have yet to have a perfect friendship, and I don't expect to ever have one. I often find myself disagreeing with the choices that my friends make, but I have learned to accept their imperfections. I wholeheartedly understand that " it takes work to communicate accurately and it takes work to expose and resolve conflicting hopes and beliefs"(152). I am thankful for not having a friend group that agree on everything. My friends and I are able to work through are differences and it makes us better people. As though I may not support a friend's decision, I am later able to learn from my friend's mistakes, and I hope all of my friends are able to learn from mine.

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    1. I completely agree with you. I also believe that being friends with people who are not 100% similar to you or people who make choices different than yours provides plenty of opportunity for both you and your friend(s) to grow as individuals.

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    2. I agree with the both of you, too. I feel that your friends can be influential in the decisions you make and and teach you who it is that you want to be. By learning from their mistakes, they show you how to handle different situations next time. If everyone had perfect friendships, no one would learn and teach each other the importance of right and wrong.

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  65. Chapter 3: I always assumedyou were born a better artisit or a better reader or a better scientist. That was how the world worked. My older sister was never labeled as a 'genius' back in elementary school. She was never considered for Project Tree or Math Skippers. She was always told she was a hard worker, but not that she was a genius. However, she starts college in a few weeks with a full tuition scholarship. She was never grouped with the highest kids in her class, but she's proved again and again that she is just as good at history or calculus as they are. Like it says on page 72, "They were not made to feel that they had some special gift; they were praised for doing what it takes to succeed.". My sister wasn't born smart, she worked for it. She went afterschool for help, she retook every test or quiz she did bad on, she always did her homework. She worked hard, and it is paying off.

    Chapter 6: When I was in 4th grade, I had one friend, and we did everything together. We spent all of recess dancing and singing, we were always partners, we coordinated Halloween costumes that year. However, in February, my friend wanted to bring someone else in. As soon as she started hanging out with us, I didn't like her. I clung to my friend because I was desperate to keep her and prevent the other girl from getting her. In the end, they both saw me as clingy and rude. They stopped talking to me that April and I spent the rest of the schoolyear feeling alone. Despite my best intentions of keeping a perfect pair, I ruined what could have been a great trio. I closed myself off to the new girl, and lost someone I really cared about because of it. As stated on page 160, "Friendships, like partners, are places where we have a chance to enhance each other's development, and to validate each other." I didn't let a friendship grow between three people, I didn't help our development as people, I hurt it and made two people feel bad. I wanted things to stay the same, and I ended up alone.

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  66. Chapter 6
    Not very often do I shy away from people who have imperfections. I realize that everyone is human and will have flaws no matter how perfect they may seem on the surface. When things go awry I often just try to ignore problems and let them solve themselves. Things are " assumed not discussed"(152). There isn't one person that would would be a wonderful addition to my life that already is not in it. I am very open to meeting new people and ignore many flaws as long as I enjoy spending time with them.

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    1. Same Ryan I won't ignore people because of their imperfections. I know that nobody, especially me, is perfect. I also don't think that there are people that wouldn't be a nice addition to my life.

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  67. Chapter 3: I never believed that success was brought about solely by talent or ability. I believe that success is like a salad. Just like you need many different vegetables to make a salad, a person requires many virtues all mixed together to become successful. These virtues include talent but a successful person also needs to be hardworking, needs to love what they are trying to become successful at, and need to come across and take advantages of opportunities. The quote, "Was it Mozart's musical ability or the fact that he worked till his hands were deformed?" on page 63 reminds me about the struggle that Michael Jordan faced when he was in high school. By the time his NBA career was finished everyone knew that Jordan was an astounding basketball player, but when he was 15 he did not make his school's varsity basketball team. He used this as motivation to push him further when he felt like quitting. similar to Mozart, Jordan refused to quit. The moral of this story is that Jordan was not always seen as brilliant, but he used his talent and, more importantly, his work ethic to push himself to become successful.

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    1. I agree with you Cooper. A person needs many things to go right and/or wrong to become successful. Pieces need to fall into place and you need to make sure that happens with hard work and tenacity. You cannot simply be talented and expect success because talent plus technique talent alone, and you develop technique through work!

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    2. I agree that even if you are pushed aside like Jordan was, with hard work and determination you can become successful. In this case Jordan didn't give up after not making the team. He worked hard to become the greatest basketball player.

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  68. I like to believe that I have the mindset of a champion. I try my best to forget about the idea of failing and just go for things. I have the ability to mentally push through any discomfort I experience. I also try my hardest to ignore any pressure that may be present during or before a big game and just focus on what I need to do to be as successful as I can be. On page 83, baseball player Lenny Dykstra was able to use his growth mindset to generate success by ignoring the possibility of failure and just focusing on hitting or fielding the ball. This is the mental state required to succeed in any sport because if you only thing about what can go wrong you will do exactly that.

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    1. I agree with you, and I can see that we both have a championship mindset. A growth mindset is the best way to block out/ignore any negatives you have of yourself. We as football players need to be able to accept failure. Everyone on our team is going to make a mistake eventually and being able to understand and learn from the mistake only makes our team stronger as a whole.

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    2. I strongly agree with you and believe that I too have the mindset of a champion. During a game when there is lots of pressure on me, I just focus on doing my job and not worrying about the possibility of failing. I do my best to block out all the possibilities and just do me. Everyone makes mistakes and it just takes the mindset of a champion to learn from those mistakes and overcome them.

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  69. Chapter 3
    I used to assume that success was not possible for people who weren't successful from the start until I read the book Outliers. I learned that success stems from a series of very fortunate events line up perfectly and give someone the opportunity to be successful. When that person takes that opportunity and is able to make something of it, they are labeled as a talented person who has always had it. A quote that supports this is "Important achievements require a clear focus, all out effort, and a bottomless trunk full of strategies (page 67)." Success doesn't come easily, and it didn't come easily for Michael Jordan. It seemed that everything was stacked against him but he worked hard to overcome it and become the greatest basketball player in the world.

    Chapter 4
    I feel like I have the mindset of a champion because I make it a goal to not let successes cloud the fact that I can continue improving. I feel like I can play soccer better when I am under a lot of pressure and when there is a lot on the line and when things are stacked against me. I like feeling like everyone thinks I won't be able to do something and I end up doing it anyway. I like to think back on mistakes I have made in a game and replay the situation in my head over and over and mentally train myself on how to react to that situation again until I know I can do it. Some people don't do this or know how to do this and that gives people like me an advantage over them. "The naturals, carried away with their superiority, don't learn how to work hard or how to cope with setbacks (page 91)." When both parties are faced with a challenge, the champion mindset person will prevail over the natural purely on their drive to succeed. Sometimes, success is more about drive than skill.

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    1. I agree with you because if you start to let success get to your head it's going to hurt you instead of helping you. Because you can always improve nobody is ever going to be the best they could ever be if they get to a certain point in life and just stop trying to improve even more. You should always want to improve yourself to the best you can be.

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  70. I have never closed off any relationships because i expected physical perfection but i have closed relationships due to decisions that made them imperfect in my mind. On page 160 the write says “"Friendships, like partners, are places where we have a chance to enhance each other's development, and to validate each other.” some people do not want or need a validation from others to do what they feel is right. Perfection to me doesn't look a certain way. When it comes to comparing someone to perfection, my definition of perfection i different than my friends.

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  71. Chapter 3:
    I had always believed that success was mostly the result of having innate talent. I thought that without having a natural talent, practice and effort alone could not lead to success. "...People with the fixed mindset think that someone's early performance tells you all you need to know about their talent and their future" (pg 70) and I was definitely one of those people. I've never been gifted when it comes to art, so I never tried to gain any artistic skill. But the pictures (on pg 69) from before and after taking an art class prove that you don't have to be born a Picasso, you just have to learn the skills. Ed Sheeran is wildly successful now but you probably wouldn't have labeled him as naturally talented if you heard him sing as a child (he played a recording of his voice from childhood on a talk show). However, Ed Sheeran practiced and worked hard to develop his skills and this resulted in his success.

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    To me, expecting perfection or total alignment in every way in any relationship is unrealistic and detrimental. If my girlfriend and I didn't both believe that "a good, lasting relationship comes from effort and from working through inevitable differences" (pg 149) we definitely would not still be together because we are very different in some ways. I would lose a part of my life that brings me happiness if I believed that relationships should be inherently perfect and that if it requires work then it's not meant to be. This applies to friendships as well.

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  72. Chapter 3:
    I do not always assume that success comes right from initial talent or ability, but it can most definitely play a major role; as can many other things. Think of life as a full 400 meter track (like the one you all try to walk around during gym when you don't want to play flag football). It has a starting line but in life, not everyone may start at that line. Some may start way ahead or way behind. But it is up to that person to make due with what they do or do not have to become successful. Now it might not be fair and some may have to work harder than others, but that's just how the cookie crumbles. Jay Z got into rapping about the year 1883 it took him until 1996, 13 years after he started rapping, until his friends record deal signed him. "Prodigies or not, we all have interest that can blossom into abilities"(63). This is a case of yes, Jay Z obviously had some sort of natural ability, but it wasn't until after 13 years of hard work that this ability turned into success. If you didn't know, Jay Z now has a net worth of about 810 million dollars. He is also married to Beyonce; together, they have an estimated net worth of 1.6 billion dollars! How about that for a rag to riches story.

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    I do have a mindset of a champion. You have to believe you are the best to get their. Now people may say, "Well you're just being delusinal." But I don't agree. Dieon Sanders, greatest defensive player in NFL history believed in himself that his rookie season, before ever playing one snap, said that he was the best in the NFL. You have to have that mindset that nobody can stop you if you put your mind to it. Even when things aren't going your way, champions see the silver lining in everything. In everything you do, everyday, you are either getting better or getting worse, never the same. I use a growth mindset in every situation i'm in. Even if it isn't a preferred one, I learn from it so I won't put myself in that situation again, and even if I happen to be again, I could handle whatever it may be better than the first time. Like the baseball player in the story, forget about everything that could go wrong, and more on what could go right. Don't worry about striking out, think about hitting the ball(83).

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    1. I'm glad that you have the mindset of a champion the same way I do. Just by reading your post I can tell that we're similar in that we both have a Kobe-Bryant like mindset when it comes to success. Each of us are always learning from our failures and persevering through the worst of times. I wholeheartedly agree with your statement regarding putting myself in bad situations multiple times. Going forward I will do my best to stay out of bad situations and get out of them before they snowball into something terrible.

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  73. Chapter 3:
    In my opinion nobody is I never thought that anybody was born to be successful. Because success isn't something that you can be born with it something you have to work for and earn. And sometimes you are going to fail but you have to just keep trying. Such as Michael Jordan, he was cut from his high school varsity basketball team but he ended up just playing for the JV team and he worked even harder than he ever did to play on varsity and eventually becoming the greatest basketball player ever. And now everybody know who he is and his struggle to succeed which motivates people to this day on why they should work hard and why they can achieve success no matter what anybody says or thinks of them. Also in my opinion you need people around you to motivate you because you can't do anything by yourself you need a whole team around you.

    Chapter 4:
    In my opinion I do have the mindset of a champion. I think I do because I do everything I can to to succeed. Even when the odds are against me I still try my hardest even if that means I'm going to fail or succeed. Because there is no reason in trying if you aren't going to give it a hundred percent when doing something. if you tell yourself you can do this or that you are going to do this it gives you a lot more confidence and the attitude you need to achieve your goal.

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  75. Chapter 3
    I do assume that talent comes from ability for physical talents. Physically I believe that your body has a limit of what it can do/ achieve. However, mentally I believe that you can improve with hard work. Although some people might be born with more talent in school, through hard work and determination you can surpass many academic expectations. Thomas Edison was someone who exceeded many people's assumptions. Thomas was “more or less a regular boy of his time and place(56)”, as explained in chapter 3, the only thing that set him apart was his mindset. Edison stood out because “ he never stopped being the curious, tinkering boy looking for new challenges(56)”. He continued to explore and strived to do and learn new things. That is how Thomas stood out and became successful.

    Chapter 4
    I do not have the mindset of a champion. I excel when things are easy and going my way. Once I fail there is no going back, I think from then on that I will not succeed again. I, unlike Jackie Joyner-Kersee, cannot fail repeatedly and then continue “she finished in last for quite some time(88)”. Once I fail I have no hope for the future. I could succeed in a race 9 times, but if I fail on the 10th race, those 9 races mean nothing. Once I start to fail to is hard for me to stop. I start to base my future on failure and only focus on the bad times. Having a growth mindset would allow me to learn from my failures and focus on improving, instead of accepting my failure and not trying to fix it. With a growth mindset I would not be afraid of failure, I would embrace it. I believe embracing my failures would then push me to want to improve.

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  76. Chapter three:
    I did not always assume that success came from innate talent or ability. Talent is important, but it is not the deciding factor in someone's success. It is a combination of some skill and a large amount of determination. A person has to push themselves to be successful in life just like Thomas Edison. He wasn't labeled as brilliant or talented at a young age. In fact, his teachers labeled him as too stupid to learn anything. This did not stop him. Edison loved to tinker and invent that no teacher could label him. Obviously he had some talent, but it was "his mindset and drive" that set him apart(pg 56). He worked very hard with a lot of trial and error to achieve his success.

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    I do have the mind of a champion because I have learned to cope with failure. Usually I am at my best when others are fearing a loss or a humiliation. I have learned that you can never give up in a game. If you always back down when things are tough, you will never experience things when they are great. Just like Lenny Dykstra, I have "no concept of failure"(pg 83). Failure doesn't bring me down it only shows flaws that I need to improve upon. I can use my growth mindset to help me stay calm and collected during clutch moments. If I have the game riding on my one ability or decision, my growth mindset can help me reach my full potential.


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  77. Chapter Six-
    Unfortunately I have to say that I have closed myself off to having a work relationship. Not a "love relationship" but having one of my best friends work with me and being let down. So I decided I would never have one of my friends work with me if I could try to avoid it. When I got my best friend that job with me, I thought it would be so much fun to work together, but soon I realized I didn't like it. I saw her work ethic and how she didn't want to better herself and I was let down. I would try to teach her and help her better herself but it was obvious that she didn't want my help. "The belief..." page 156. It also put a strain on our friendship because I expected one thing and got another. It was stressful because it made me look bad, but it all worked out. Therefore having said all of that, I believe that your friendship should be left out of your job.

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  78. Chapter 4:
    I feel that everyone tries to have the mindset of a champion whether the odds are against them or not. I, myself, think that I have a strong mindset when it comes to being in a difficult situation. If I try my best and fail, I know I did all that I could to reach the goals I deserve. Like Mia Hamm, I agree that you need to have "mental toughness" no matter what it is that your achievements are; hers being soccer games. Even if you're struggling to succeed, "you can't let any of it affect your focus."(Page 96) In believing that she one day could become the greatest soccer player in the world, she always had a goal to keep her motivated.

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    1. Hey Alexis! I really like how you stated the idea that "If I try my best and fail, I know I did all that I could to reach the goals I deserve". I agree with this idea completely. I also feel that it doesn't matter if I win or lose as long as I tried my hardest. For example, when I was in swim I would rarely win; however, I still pushed myself to do the best that I could. I agree with your statement on "mental toughness" and how it is needed to reach your desired goal. I feel if a person doesn't have mental toughness then they could end up cracking under pressure or becoming too stressed. Overall, I agreed with many of your statements, and I am glad that you consider yourself as having a strong mindset.

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    2. I like the example you picked to display the mindset of a champion. I also think that many people know what they have to do in order to be a success. The hard part is actually doing it and living up to the failure. It is important to keep in mind what goals you want to accomplish- that is what keeps you going.

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  79. Chapter 3: No I don't believe that success comes from talent or ability alone. There is still a certain amount of expertise that is required to be successful in your field, but some are blessed with such great talent or ability that they can succeed with a less developed skill set than those not as gifted. For example, most basketball players are taller than 6'3". These athletes who are over the height usually have an easier time excelling in high school and college giving them a better chance to play in the NBA, but without the play to back them up, these players could not thrive. On pg.63 the author gives an example of a child who was extremely intelligent but it was because of hard work on top of ability and says "the same is true for every prodigy". No matter how gifted you are, you will need knowledge to continue your success.

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  80. Chapter 3:
    I always assumed that intelligence regarding academic work could be grown and developed. I always believed that through hard work and effort, a person could become better at reading, writing, problem solving, or at anything associated with the common core. I thought, on the other hand, that sports, arts, and music skills came from innate talent, or talent a person is born with. However, in recent years and especially after reading this chapter, I have come to believe that anything can be developed if enough work is put in.This belief was further established after reading about the kids who learned to draw extremely accurate self portraits in just five days.(68) My older sister was never labeled "extremely brilliant" or "talented" at school. Even though she wasn't labeled these things, she always worked extremely hard for the goals she wanted to achieve. She put herself through college and even has a successful job as a medical assistant all due to the hard work and effort she put in.

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  81. Chapter 4:
    The mindset of champion is the "ability to win when things are not quite right--when you're not playing well and your emotions are not the right ones" (95) During swim I would have this mindset even though I rarely won. I usually do my best when things are not going my way because it causes me to work harder (though, sometimes it just stresses me out). One instance where I had this mindset was when I had to swim the 200 free for the first time. I was incredibly nervous to swim the 8 laps and this caused me to not feel confident or ready to swim; however, I ended up doing better than I originally thought (even though it was last place). I can use the growth mindset to change my setbacks into victories and to do better at any competitions I have in the future.

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  82. Chapter 3:

    I've always assumed that success came from ability, primarily. I knew that innate talent played a part in some people's success but not all. After reading "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell, my assumptions were proven true. When reading chapter 3, I instantly thought of Michael Oher, the NFL player. Mr. Oher was originally deemed talentless and not intelligent due to his demographics and general upbringing (just like the students from Garfield High School on page 64) until Leigh Anne Tuhoy, his adopted mother, realizes his capabilities (like Mr. Jaime Escalante, educator, perceived the potential talent within the students of Garfield High School page 64). With her support, he becomes a very successful athlete and student. With Michael Oher's growth mindset and support of his family, he's able to accomplish greatness.

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  84. Chapter 4: I believe that I do have the mindset of a champion. No matter the circumstances or consequences, if I have my mind set on a goal, I will try to do anything in my power to achieve that goal. I feel that even if all odds are against me, I'm going to come out of the situation the way I intended to. You can never be too prepared or know too much either, so if you end up failing there's always a lesson to be learned. When you go through failure it brings character and that's what will allow you to persevere in those big moments. It's like Dweck said, "it's the ability to dig down and find the strength even when things are going against you"(pg.92).

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  85. Chapter 6:


    I most definitely have closed myself off to certain people because I've expected total alignment within our relationship and I'm sure others have too. This is what society calls "setting high standards" for relationships. We sometimes set certain expectations for people, unconsciously, and then when they don't live up to these expectations, we completely write the partner off. I can think of several of my peers who would have been great additions to my life if I hadn't let small personality clashes or disputes sever any potential relationship. Dr. Dweck's friend on page 161 who doesn't let minuscule things like acting irresponsibly occasionally and shameless flirting cease her friendships is a great example of maturity and relationship growth and I hope that I will gain this attribute.

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    1. I really appreciate this response Tauryn. While reading this I related to what you said about people unconsciously setting high expectations. It took me a while to start to realize that it is okay to have some things you want in a relationship, but that a person should be able to let other things fall into place. Once again I loved this post and I have no doubt that you will be able to gain this attribute, especially since you are already such an understanding person.

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  86. Chapter 3 - I do not think that success comes from innate talent or ability. That is a factor, but there is a lot of luck involved with being successful. For instance, Jake Paul, who is a very popular YouTuber who is generally hated by the whole community, has over 9,000,000 subscribers but barely has any talent. The fact that he has that big of a fanbase and makes so much money is pure luck. It's insane to me how he has done all of this without a "special ability." pg.63.

    Chapter 4 - I like to think that i have a champions mindset, but most of the time my ego gets the best of me and i dont do as well as I thought i would have. I dont know how to fail, which somehow makes me fail even more since im not thinking of the consequences (pg. 82)I do my best when the odds are against me because it pushes me to work harder. Having a growth mindset would allow you to recognize your failures, and make you work harder to achieve more.

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    1. I can understand why you see that success does not come from innate talent or ability, and I believe your point is very interesting. I also believe Jake Paul indeed does not deserve success he has now, but what about all the other people that have worked hard to reach success? It seems as if one can be lucky to reach a point of success without much work.

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    2. I also agree with the chapter 3 topic. People seem to be lucky in the fact that they can be famous without these things. I also find that if they are as rich as Jake paul and can afford a camcorder anyone can do anything with the internet now a days.

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  87. CHAPTER 3:
    When I was younger, I always thought people who are talented were just born with it. I would always look at doctors and think that I could never be one because I just wasn't smart enough. As I began to get older, I started to realize not all successful people are just born talented. I now believe that in order to succeed, you need to put hard work and dedication into everything you do. I also believe that if you really put your mind to something, there is a really good chance you will thrive. In the article it says that Edison was not always a genius, and what eventually set him apart was his mindset and drive(pg 56). There are many people in this world who have the idea that without innate talent they will never succeed. You will never truly flourish if you don't believe in yourself.

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  88. CHAPTER 3:
    I think that it is very easy to assume that some famous people didn't have to work for their fame. Sometimes a person could just be born with the last name and everyone knows who they are. For the majority of people, fame came from hard work, a lot of time, and dedication. In the section "Can everyone do well" it talks about how with the right mindset, you can do so much more than you ever thought was possible. Take a look at Oprah, she was fired from her first job on television and look at her now. She is on of the most richest and famous women out there. She is a perfect examples of with the right mindset nothing can hold you back.

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    1. I also used Oprah as an example. I agree with you and believe that she had a growth mindset to achieve all that she did. I loved what you said about some famous people working hard to accomplish everything while others are born with the last name. You're right, a lot of people assume fame doesn't come from hard work.

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    2. You make a good point about the people who are born with a family name, kind of like the Kardashians, and they are famous without the work. Just because they're family, they share the fame for no work at all. As far as Oprah, her work got her to where she is. She has the growth mindset.

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  89. CHAPTER 4:
    I believe that I most certainly have the mindset of a champion.In the article it talks about how Billy Beane was a natural, but was lacking the mindset of a champion. In my opinion, mindset is more important than talent. Sure being naturally gifted is great and all but when it comes down to it, a great player needs to have a great mind. In the game of softball, my coach always told me that the game was 20% physical and 80% mental. Most errors are caused from getting inside your own head. When I'm on the mound and I feel myself getting behind in the counts, I ask myself what I am doing wrong and how do I fix it. For example, at a recent game all my balls that I was pitching were going high. I started getting in my head until I thought to myself "how do I fix this?". The answer was simple, I wasn't taking a long enough stride. I made the simple adjustment instead of giving up. Some athletes can't take failing or messing up and end up making excuses for it. In the article it states, "Pedro Martinez did not know how to tolerate frustration, did not know how to dig down and turn an important setback into an important win"(pg 93). Unlike Pedro, I believe I do my best no matter if things are going for me or against me. I can use my growth mindset during a game when things really count the most.

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    1. I 100% agree, its all about what you tell yourself when you think that you are making mistakes. It takes a lot to tell yourself what to fix instead of getting down on yourself and making more mistakes.

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  90. CHAPTER 4:
    In some ways I have the mind of a champion. I work my butt off and I always try as hard as I can in any sport I'm playing, well except for in gym. It is always the easiest to have that mindset when the odds are for you, but when they aren't it always harder to have the confidence you need. "... the mark of a champion is the ability to win when things are not quite right..." (page 95). That is where I always lack the certain mindset that takes people so far. But I think that your team mates always help and bring you back to the right mindset. The easiest way to raise your mindset is always reminding yourself that the game you are playing right now might be the last game you EVER play, make it count.

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  91. CHAPTER 6:
    In the past, I have closed myself off to certain relationships because I expected things to be perfect. When things get complicated, I tend to push away from those complicated things just because they weren't easy. I used to have a fixed mindset about relationships and avoided all my problems. In the article it states, "People with fixed mindsets expect everything good to happen automatically" and that is exactly what I believed. Now that I am getting older, I am starting to realize all relationships take work and commitment. When things get tough, I need to work through problems instead of avoiding them. I have many people in my life who have lots and lots of imperfections, but they are great additions to my life and I love them with all my heart.

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  92. Chapter 3: I always felt that success came from seeking to become as close to perfecting a craft as humanly possible. However, having the raw talent come naturally should give you an advantage in heading towards success. Thomas Edison is now known as a genius for his work; however, he was more of a "regular" person during his own time (Ch. 3 p56). In working towards brilliance, he either had or developed a growth mindset. Edison never lost his curiosity or his drive that led him to meeting and overcoming obstacles such as working (alongside many others) to develop a successful lightbulb.

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  93. Brian Byrnes
    Chapter 3: I wish that success came from an innate talent or ability. There may have been a time back when it did. However, today people don't seem to need it. I could name any pop-star from today, hardly any of them can sing. They just look pretty so then people use them as the cover of their music. The success goes straight to these talentless pop-stars. This is comparable to this Edison story, he did no create it. He used other people to make it for him but it's his name in the history books.

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  94. Brian Byrnes
    Chapter 4: I would say that when it comes to certain things I would call myself a champion. I do seem to be better at these certain things when everything is going my way. It seems that throughout this chapter people if they feel the want or drive to win they can do it. These people also use discipline, taking steps toward that win. Confidence, pride, and discipline is the champion mindset.

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  95. Brian Byrnes
    Chapter 6: Now I normally let anyone be my friend if they want to be or we have something in common. Sometimes there will be someone who I just won't like and I'll avoid communication. I will open myself up to only my closest friends though and I need to figure someone out before I know for sure whether they are my friend or not. I can figure whether this was "meant to be or not meant to be." (p. 148), in that case giving me a fixed mindset about friendships.

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  96. Chapter 6: I don't remember consciously closing myself off to relationships because I was expecting perfection. In life, it is a necessity to understand that all people will be different from one another in their own ways. I think things are better that way because it's what makes everyone special. Much like the dear friend, I understand and accept that everyone has "virtues and foibles," but I can also recognize that it's all the little things, whether positive or negative, that make people who they are (Ch. 6 p161).

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  98. Chapter 3:
    I have thought that success came from innate talent because growing up, it was the most prominent thing that was repeated over and over: “If you want to be successful in life, you must be a prodigy of it.” However, this was not the case in real life. In order for someone to be successful, one must strive for it with everything they got. Just because people claim they are an innate prodigy from the get go, does not mean they did not work hard to where they are now. Their label does not “tell you all you need to know about their talent and their future” (70). Instead, it tells you that they have worked hard to achieve their dream.
    The first person that came to mind that, was not brilliant but became successful was Steven Spielberg. He did not receive grades that were needed to be admitted to his first choice of college. However, this did not stop him because he learned to film from other sources. He learned by continually watching other people's films, and by then, he was able to produce masterpieces.

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    I personally do not think I have a mindset of a champion because I have always thought of negative outcomes. If a setback popped up, I would always think that I would not complete the challenge. However, if I am doing something that I am truly passionate about, I will give it a hundred percent. I do not go full out on things because there are very few things that I would spend my energy on. I say this because the things that I am passionate about are worth my energy. I would rather spend my energy on a single thing, rather than waste it on something that I will not finish. By implementing a growth mindset into my daily activities, I will be able to become a “somebodies who go for it with all they have. If you go for it with all you have, Iciss Tillis—not just in the games, but in practice too—you will already be a somebody” (106). When it counts the most, I will be able to achieve the impossible by not giving into the pressure of such a demand.

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    I would not say that I closed myself off to a certain relationship because of perfection, or the lack thereof. But perhaps it was due to my inability to interact in social events. I was never the type of person that would walk up to someone and greet them. Instead, I was the one that hung back from the crowd, and I would only engage in a conversation when someone else would initiate it. It was the fear that “they [I] were more worried about making mistakes,” (164) than to throw caution to the wind and try my luck. If I did not expect the engagement to go perfectly, I would have got to know people that would be similar to me. People that shared the same principles and ideals. Such people would be beneficial to me because everyone needs to have someone that they could depend on and would understand them.

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  99. Chapter 6
    I do believe that in my past I have closed myself off to certain relationships due to desiring perfection. Both in friendships and relationships I have noticed that if I keep a certain mindset that everything will be perfect something is bound to change that expectation. Whether it be a difference in opinions or a disagreement I tend to shut down and immediately put up my emotional walls. I believe that I can mainly agree to where in the text it says "In the fixed mindset, the ideal is instant, perfect, and perpetual compatibility, and the relationship-are capable of growth and change."(Pg 148). I believe that I started to feel this way at a surprisingly young age.This may sound silly nut I distinctly remember when I was younger always telling people that my favorite Disney princess was Belle partly because she loved books but also because in my eyes she only had to deal with a month of being upset before she would be happy for the rest of her life. In my eyes, at that time, to be happy you would only have to face one obstacle before having a happy life for forever.
    Now a days I am trying to be a more open person when it comes to forming new relationships and friendships. I recently went to a soccer camp where I was not familiar with any of the other players but I took a leap of faith and opened myself up to the idea of forming new friendships even if we did not have a list of common personality traits. I am trying to form these new relationships with past, current, and future friends I hope to make no matter what their imperfections, because I know that nobody is truly perfect and that is not something that should change my way of thinking about them.

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  100. Chapter 3
    I think that success comes from innate ability, luck, and mostly hard work. People who have the innate ability already have a head start, however they need hard work to finish the race and become successful. There are people that are successful who aren't brilliant or talented. For example the Kardashians are successful for being who they are really. I believe that is pure luck and they are successful without a "special ability" pg. 56. For people like that I just think it's kind of ridiculous.

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  101. Chapter 4
    I think that I have the mindset of a champion. When I achieve things in life I always say I can do better. If I shoot a low score in golf I just say I can do better. I think I do about the same for when things are for or against me. I always do my best if something is really easy or really hard. I use my a growth mindset to succeed and prepare for the clutch moments. When I'm in these clutch moments I try not to think of the outcomes and I think that's why I am able to do well. I don't overthink I just go up and do it. Don't worry about striking out, think about hitting the ball pg 83.

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  102. Chapter 3-Lena Smith
    As a kid, I always assumed that success went hand in hand with natural talent or ability. If something comes natural to someone, shouldn’t they be successful? That’s what I used to think. Now, I believe that with the right mindset (a growth mindset) and the right amount of ambition, that that might be able to take you further than natural talent. “Prodigies or not, we all have interests that can blossom into abilities” (pg. 63). This quote shows that everyone has a starting point or a base for talent that can grow into innate talent. Some start higher than others, but from there I think it’s the growth mindset people that continue to flourish. “Someone who wasn’t labeled as brilliant or talented” reminded me of Oprah Winfrey. She was fired from her job as a news reporter and was told that she was “unfit for television news.” However, she was extremely successful and didn’t let the criticism of one reporter bring her down. I believe that Oprah had a growth mindset, which helped her to be successful throughout her life.

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  104. Chapter 4:
    I do have the mindset of a champion. Dr. Dweck defines this mindset as “It’s what makes you practice, and it’s what allows you to dig down and pull it out when you most need it.” (pg 95) I have this mindset everyday by telling myself that whatever I want to get done needs to get done the right way (via “learning and improving” (pg 98).)

    I personally think that I will perform the same whether things are going for or against me. I always take “charge of the processes that bring success.” (pg 101) If people encourage me to pursue a science degree that I am excited about, I am happy to do so. If people are discouraging me from becoming say an engineer, I am also motivated to do what makes me happy. I admit that it can be extremely difficult to persevere when others completely doubt your abilities because you don’t look like a natural. (pg 88-89)

    I use the growth mindset to remind myself that the activities I am committed to really do matter. I completely agree with the statement “If you work hard at something, you get out what you put in.” (pg 106) Whether it is school work or music, I put all my time into whatever I am doing. This allows me to accumulate valuable skills that will come in handy someday.

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  105. Chapter Three

    From a young age, my parents taught me that you have to work hard in life in order to be successful, and i learned " working hard was not something that made you vulnerable, nut something that made you smarter", so i never really believed that success came from natural ability. my brothers friend Jack was labeled a burn out by peers as a burn out, and was told by teachers that he would never make it through college because he wasn't smart enough. Four years later, he would graduate ISU and would be offered a job immediately and is now able to pay off his college debt. he made it through, because he wanted to prove everyone wrong, and not just by making it through college, but by being successful at a young age.


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    i would say that i do have a winners mindset. i say this because i know that in order to learn and become better, you must lose, and you must learn from your losses in order to get better. i like to think that i thrive under pressure and when things aren't going my way. a growth mindset is useful in raising ones game, because you accept defeat, but you also learn from it and work much harder to insure that you don't lose again. similar to how Michael Jordan referred to the thousands of shots he missed, and the many games he lost, i don't think its just about losing, but being able to pick yourself back up and improve yourself.




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    i personally don't think i have due to the way how i have grown up. my family is not an easy one, when it comes to my siblings, but despite our differences, we make it work. so i like to think that that is the reason why i haven't done that. my brother Nick is someone who i am happy i have in my life despite his imperfections. He is not like me or my other brother Steve, but at the end of the day, i am able to learn some things from him, and he sometimes learns from me. i think we make it work because we have learned to communicate with one another well, just like how the author stressed in this chapter, communication is key.

    - Phillip Moran

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  106. Chapter 6
    I don't think I have closed myself off from relationships because I expect perfection. I don't expect perfection from any of my friends or my family. I think that is a reason why I'm friendly with everyone. I can't think of anyone because all of my friends and family members have imperfections. There isn't anyone I can think of that I wouldn't let into my life because of there imperfections. I don't think I have a fixed mindset with relationships. On pg 148 it says, "meant-to-be or not meant-to-be" and I disagree because I feel that I can be friends with anyone it doesn't have to be meant-to-be.

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    1. I'm the exact same way, I try to be as open as possible when I come across relationships with my family and friends. I also couldn't think of anyone who would be a meaningful addition to my life since I already accept their imperfections. I like what you said about "meant to be or not meant to be," I totally get that.

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    2. I agree with this a lot. I'm open to getting to know people, and giving them the benefit of the doubt if I see a flaw when I first meet them. I have my own flaws and I'd be disappointed if someone decided to ignore me if they saw one immediately instead of trying to know me better first.

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  107. Chapter 6-Lena Smith
    For me personally, I don’t close myself off to certain relationships because I expect perfection. I think that’s my fatal flaw, I block out and ignore the flaws in people and only focus on their good traits. That leaves me stuck with some people I like, but unfortunately their flaws can sometimes be toxic. The author’s quote, “With friends like this, you don’t need enemies” (pg. 162) really made me think about the types of relationships I have with others. I sometimes pick wonderful friends that support me through everything, but sometimes I pick friends who do more bad than good. I know that in relationships with friends or family or partners, you can’t expect everything to be perfect. It’s impossible to expect that much from anyone. However, there should be a breaking point where someone should cut off a relationship with someone if the relationship does more bad than good, or if it’s toxic.

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  108. Chapter 3-
    I have believed that people could have a natural talent or innate intelligence, but with effort those traits can be expanded. Although, for a long time I have had a hard time of applying that knowledge to myself. When growing up I was one of those ability praised people by my family, friends, and some peers. I realize that I was being pushed into a fixed mindset about myself because of these complements. "When we gave them a choice, they rejected a challenging new task that they can learn from. They didn't want to do anything that could expose their flaws and call into question their talent." My mom states that she just did what she needed to pass in high school and never considered herself that smart. She received a full time job after she graduated that interfered with her first year in college causing her to drop out. Although, she made the best of it and set goals to move up the latter in retail and went back to school for a business degree. Later in life she went back to school again to become a medical coder while also raising me. She continues to work hard and challenge herself to improve on her job performance and job. She my not be a famous billionaire but she has worked hard to be where she is today.

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  109. Chapter 3: I used to think that only the most talented or the ones who excelled the most would succeed. The kids who were picked first in gym or the kids who answered every question in class. Later on I learned that the best and brightest are not the only ones who can do successfull things in life. Everyone can be successful, even if they aren't the best at what they do. Someone who people didn't think would be successful is my dad. My dad had a child at 22 and worked 3 jobs. He did average in school and went to community college. Now, he's a successful father who's raising 3 daughters and lives comfortably in a nice home. He wasn't top of his class in school or the best at sports, but he ended up doing a lot better than expected. He's very wise and has a good attitude towards doing what you believe in. On page 64, it says "With the right mindset and the right teaching, people are capable of a lot more than we think." That quote relates to my dad because he made his way to a good life from being someone who wasn't valedictorian or most likely to become a millionaire.

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  110. Chapter 4: I think some days I have the mind of a champion. I work hard for things I want. I believe that good things will come from hard work, and if you just sit around waiting for what you want, then nothing's gonna happen. I'm like anyone, I doubt myself a LOT. But I also think that if I set my mind to something I can do it even if it means teaching myself or failing a lot before it get it. I do better when things are going for me, it's less of a challenge. I'm not opposed to a challenge though. Challenges make life more interesting. A growth mindset is helpful here because challenges take some adjustments. Different challenges require different solutions and also multiple attempts sometimes. A fixed mindset will get frustrated quicker and decide to give up instead of pushing themselves. On page 96, if says "They were people who stretched beyond their ordinary abilities when they had to." Having a growth mindset makes going above and beyond and going outside your comfort zone a lot easier. I believe I have a growth mindset when challenged against others but I have a fixed mindset against myself.

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  112. chapter 3
    I believe that students with a growth mindset definitely show more progress in learning than those with a fixed mind set. Ever since i was a kid i was always read to and i just wanted to read so many books and grow my knowledge. When i left new lenox in 6th grade i was at the top of my class and i came to evergreen and was told that the schooling system was so much easier. Even though i was told that i came here with the motivation to keep learning. My stepsister wasn't as good in school and always told me she just "wasn't good in school." i tried to help her with new study skills and she just kept telling me she just couldn't do it. In high school i excelled and was interested in my classes and my sister fell behind because she thought she couldn't do it. she has accepted that she wasn't a good student and just gave up and accepted her c average grades. it really showed me that the interest in learning more helps you excell. It has been proven on page 57 the author says, "students with a growth mindset showed an increase in grades over the two years." i related to these students because i began doing better in school when my family gave me the confidence to learn anything i wanted to.

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