101 growth mindset quotes for self-belief

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A growth mindset is a powerful tool to empower children to keep improving. The growth mindset quotes acts as a reminder that everything is a process.

The problem many parents and teachers face is that they are not sure how to introduce a growth mindset attitude in children.

We have been researching this topic for a long time.

We found that growth mindset quotes are the most effective ways to help children adopt a positive attitude towards challenges.

Check out these growth mindset quotes for kids

Growth mindset quotes for children


What is a growth mindset?

You may have heard your child say “I can’t do this, What is the point of doing this? I am not good enough”.

These words and sentences explain what your child feels about certain tasks. It can be school, sports, or even their emotions in general.

These belief are so important because they determine our behaviour.

Our mindset can shape our everyday lives and also our future opportunities.

Some children can come back from a failure quite fast. In fact, they will look into ways to do it better the next time.

Your child’s ability to believe in themselves and find ways to achieve their goal is known as a ‘growth mindset’.

Having a growth mindset attitude can help children be more resilient and enable them to face challenges with confidence.

Growth mindset quotes for children

How to introduce growth mindset to children?

1.Introduce the idea of growth mindset:

Ask your children and student the question below:

What do you think a growth mindset mean?

Breakdown the 2 words. Growth means to develop and evolve. For example, plants grow by watering it, animals and people grow through daily nurturing.

The same way with our brains. It can grow too. And that is through our MINDSET.

Our mindset can look into the same problem in two different ways.

The negative way is to look at it and believe there is no solution to a problem.

Whereas, the positive mindset will find opportunities for improvements or solution.

A growth mindset is when we believe in the power of our brains and it’s abilities to to achieve our goals.

By not giving up and practice we can solve any problem that is out there.

You can use the printables below filled with growth mindset activities for kids


2. Share your own stories

Share your own personal struggle or a moment when you felt stuck.

Explain to them how you overcame those challenges and when you decided to seek for help.

Then ask your child or student to write down things that are troubling them. It could be an anxiety or just a general problem they are facing.

You can break them down to smaller groups in a classroom. Use the Anxiety Management Activity below to make this session interactive.

Then ask them to write down what they can do to overcome those challenges.

You can use the printables below to help your child deal with any anxiety they may be facing in their daily life or at school. 


3. Share the stories of others

Story telling is always the best way when introducing a new concept to children.

Having a growth mindset means being able to replace the word ‘failing’ with ‘learning’.

Even the greatest minds failed many times before succedding.

It is important for children to know that failing is part of life and the focus should not be on the failure rather on the learning opportunities it provides.

Use the inspirational story kit below to show your children how famous people rise through difficulties.

Growth Mindset Activity

4. Set a new goal

Ask your children to set a new goal. This could be academic, hobby, sports, etc.

Then ask them to list down the things they can do to achieve that goal.

They should also include things they should do to not give up on their goal.

Encourage your child to write a note to herself on why this goal is important to them.

You can use the goal setting worksheet below as a fun activity to get children to practice setting achievable goals.

Related : Read more about goal setting activities for children

Don’t forget to check out the growth-mindset kit made to help kids manage their time at home




5. The power of ‘yet’

You can transform your child’s mindset using the word ‘yet’.

If your child says “I can’t do this……..” you should end the sentence by adding the word ‘yet’.

“I cant do this….yet”

Use the worksheet below and teach them not to give up using a simple word like ‘yet’.

Here is a list of 101 Growth Mindset Quotes:

Growth mindset quotes by celebrities and famous people:

  1. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”― Thomas A. Edison
  2. Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. Samuel Johnson
  3.  I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ – Muhammad Ali
  4. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”― Thomas A. Edison
  5. “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”― Lance Armstrong Sally Jenkins, 
  6. Don’t tell me how talented you are. Tell me how hard you work. Artur Rubenstein
  7.  Dreams don’t work unless you do. John C. Maxwell
  8.  Effort is grossly underrated. – Gary Vaynerchuk
  9. It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. Confucius
  10. “Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.” ―Morihei Ueshiba 
  11. “Personal development is a major time-saver. The better you become, the less time it takes you to achieve your goals.” ―Brian Tracy

Growth Mindset Quotes For Sports:

12. Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve ever done before. – Bonnie Blair

13. Without passion, you won’t do something 100 percent. That’s the bottom line. – Apolo Ohno

14. To win, you have to risk loss. – Jean-Claude Killy

15. Are you going to stand or are you going to crumble? In the face of everything, stand still. – Gabby Douglas

16. “Never quit. Never give up.” —Gabby Douglas

17. ” Nothing is impossible, with so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination.” Micheal Phelps

18. “If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way to not win.” Carl Lewis

19. “I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.” — Nadia Comaneci

20. “To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits, and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” — Picabo Street

Growth mindset quotes for never giving up :

21. “Never give up your desire to be what you want to be. Stay focused, persistent and relentless.” ― Debasish Mridha MD

22. “Don’t listen to what anybody says except the people who encourage you. If it’s what you want to do and it’s within yourself, then keep going and try to do it for the rest of your life.”– Jake Gyllenhaal

23. “Stick around. Don’t lose your heart, just keep going, keep at it.”– Mark Ruffalo

24. “Never, never, never give up.”– Winston Churchill

25. “Never give up. You only get one life. Go for it!”– Richard E. Grant

26. “Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”– Vince Lombardi

27. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”– Albert Einstein

28. “Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”– Harriet Beecher Stowe

29. “I refuse to quit because I haven’t tried all possible ways yet.”

30. “You’re a fighter. Look at everything you’ve overcome. Don’t give up now.”– Olivia Benson

Growth Mindset Quotes For Teachers And Students :

31. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” – Steve Martin

32. “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.” – Regina Brett

33. “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” – Chinese Proverb

34. “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy- I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” – Art Williams

35. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

36. Everything is hard until they become easy

37. I am capable of anything

38. I can do hard things.

39. It’s ok to not know everything, I learn everyday

40. Failure is part of the process to succeed.

41. Positive thinking leads to positive things in life.

42. Becoming smart is a process, not something you are born with.

43. Don;t give up on chances and opportunities now, you never know when you will need them.

44. We can do anything as long as we set our mind to it

45. Don’t be afraid to be different, be afraid to never try.

46. Don’t underestimate the power of your brains.

47. Appreciate yourself and others will follow

48. An expert was once a beginner

49. It’s not a mistake, it’s progress

50. Everything needs time to learn

51. I have not failed, I just started

52. Focus on progress not on the end goal

53. Just keep at it and you will get there

54. Success comes with patience

55. I am a better version of myself today

56. I am in the process of figuring it out

57. I learn by trying new things

58. I focus on progress.

59. I try different things everyday until I get it right

60. Practice makes perfect

61. “You’re in charge of your mind. You can help it grow by using it in the right way” Carol Dweck

62. “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of being” John Wooden

63. I am ready to ask for help

64. I can get through anything

65. I will stick with it until I am satisfied with the results

66. I focus on myself and not others

67. Challenges are exciting and I look forward to it.

68. Nothing good in life comes easy

69. I am born to be a learner

70. I will keep learning

71. Self-doubt kills dreams

72. Failure does not define me, progress does

73. It’s ok to not know

74. It’s NOT ok to NOT try

Famous Growth Mindset Quotes:

75. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”– Walt Disney

76. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m possible.’”– Audrey Hepbur

77. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”– Kelly Clarkson

78. “You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it.”– Margaret Thatcher

79. “The mind is a powerful thing. It can take you through walls.”– Denis Avey

80. “Yesterday I read, today I learn, and tomorrow I lead.”– David Benedict Zumbo

Quotes & Statements For Young Children :

Don’t forget to check out these fun writing prompts for kids to get them thinking hard about life.

81. Just keep going, don’t look back

82. Flower takes time to bloom, so do you

83. Learning is never straight forward, it’s messy and fun

84. Made a mistake today? Great! What can you do better next time?

85. “All things are difficult before they are easy.” Thomas Fuller

86. Don’t give up, you are almost there

87. It takes time to find your talent, keep trying and you will find one

88. Talent comes from practice.

89. I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.”Oprah Winfrey

90. Everything starts from you

91. Things won’t work unless you put in the effort

92. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” E.E. Cummings

93. “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

94. Every path you choose will have obstacles, it is what makes it exciting.

95. Nothing great in life comes easy

96. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein

97. Mistake is proof that you are making progress

98. Keep on trying

99. Believe in yourself

100. My superpower lies in my ability to believe in myself

101. I made a mistake, now I will try again.

Finally, before you go don’t forget to check this out

The growth-mindset kit made to help kids discover challenges with confidence. 

packed with amazing worksheets, including ways to manage anxiety and helping children develop positive habits.




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