37 Growth Mindset Quotes for Kids to Spark Resilience

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Undoubtedly, resilient kids have the power to shape their future. But what should you do if your child or student quickly gives up, has perfectionist tendencies, or fears failure? Growth mindset quotes for kids can help!

Sometimes just a few short words of empowerment (from a neutral third-party source!) can make a difference in empowering children to persevere through challenges.

As a former Pre-K to 12th-grade school counselor, I have compiled my favorite 37 growth mindset quotes for kids to inspire resilience.

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What is a Growth Mindset for Kids?

A growth mindset is a way of thinking about intelligence and abilities. In short, individuals with a growth mindset believe everyone can improve their skills with effort and perseverance.

A large body of research, largely headed by psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck of Stanford University, shows that teaching children about a growth mindset can make them more resilient against obstacles!

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

In contrast to a growth mindset, people with a fixed mindset believe that they are born with a set IQ, and there is not much one can do to change that.

Growth Mindset Quotes for Kids:
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Fixed Mindset:
- "I wasn't born smart and there's no way to fix it.
- "I avoid things that seem hard."
- "When acults correct me, they are trying to put me down."
- "I feel threatened by others who work hard and succeed."
Growth Mindset:
- "The harder I work, the smarter I'll become."
-"I grow through challenges."
- "When adults correct me, they are trying to help me learn"
- "I feel motivated by others who work hard and succeed."
Quotes inspired by resources available on Mindset Works.

How to explain growth mindset to kids

As a former elementary school counselor, I know how tough it can be to explain abstract ideas like a growth mindset to a 5-year-old! In short, here is what I told my students:

The brain is like a muscle; it gets stronger with use.
This is the idea behind a growth mindset: Believing that your brain can change and grow with time and effort.
The more you challenge yourself and learn new skills, the more intelligent you will be!

I loved showing this short Class Dojo video to my elementary students when teaching the concept of growth mindset!

Fortunately, there are also a wealth of children’s picture books that will help you teach young kids about a growth mindset in simple terms. Take a peak at my favorite titles here.

Growth Mindset Quotes for Kids:
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What is a Growth Mindset Quote?

Quotes are one of the most powerful tools to teach a growth mindset! You can whisper a short statement into their ear, write a surprise note for their lunchbox, or have them choose their favorite saying to hang in their bedroom.

Not only do quotes provide concrete examples of what a growth mindset looks like, but they can quickly become a child’s favorite mantra to get through tough times.

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Top 37 Growth Mindset Quotes for Children

Best Short Growth Mindset Quotes

“We learn from failure, not from success!”

Bram Stoker

“Better an oops than a what if.”

Author Unknown

“You grow through what you go through.”

Tyrese Gibson

 “I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.”

José N. Harris

“Dream big and dare to fail.”

Norman D. Vaughan

 “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

Arthur Ashe

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” 

Henry Ford

“All things are difficult before they are easy.”

Thomas Fuller

Growth Mindset Quotes for Kindergarten

“We can do hard things.”

Glennon Doyle

“Learn something new every day.”

Author Unknown

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!”

Dr. Seuss

 “It’s okay to make mistakes sometimes. Everyone does – even grown-ups! That’s how we learn.”

Todd Parr, It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

“When you think you have made a mistake, think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful!”

Barney Saltzberg, Beautiful Oops!

“You’ll never get bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do.”

Dr. Seuss

Classroom Growth Mindset Quotes for Students

“It’s through mistakes that you actually can grow.”

Paula Scher

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”

Nelson Mandela

“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”

Frank A. Clark

“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.”

Bill Gates

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Thomas Edison

“The greatest mistake a [person] can make is to be afraid of making one.”

Elbert Hubbard

“Shoot for the Moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

Norman Vincent Peale

“Other people’s success is not your failure.”

Jim Parsons

Growth Mindset Quotes for Adolescents & Teens

 “Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.”

G. K. Nelson

“Perfection is boring. Getting better is where all the fun is.”

Dragos Roua

“It is through the most difficult times in our lives that we grow the most.” 

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“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.”

Zen Shin

“Praise makes you feel good, critique makes you better.”

Author Unknown

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”

Thomas Edison

Growth Mindset Quotes by Carol Dweck

“I don’t mind losing as long as I see improvement or I feel I’ve done as well as I possibly could.”

Carol Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

“This is something I know for a fact: You have to work hardest for the things you love most.”

Carol Dweck, Mindset: Changing the Way You Think to Fulfil Your Potential

“It’s not always the people who start out the smartest who end up the smartest.”

Carol Dweck, Mindset: Changing the Way You Think to Fulfil Your Potential

Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better?

Carol Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Celebrity Growth Mindset Quotes

“It is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”

Elon Musk

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

Michael Jordan

 “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible.”

Audrey Hepburn

“The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.”

Matty Mullins

 “Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.”

Babe Ruth, Babe Ruth’s Own Book of Baseball

The last thing you need to know about sparking resilience in kids

Sure, inspiring growth mindset quotes for kids may seem simple. However, as caregivers, our approach to discipline can play a significant and complex role in how children think about challenges.

Specifically, how we respond to children’s mistakes will impact how they view their missteps and themselves.

There is no better way to model a growth mindset for kids than to keep learning and growing in our parenting journey.

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