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A fundamental prerequisite for adopting a growth mindset is an understanding of the malleability of the brain (i.e., like a muscle, the brain changes and grows the more it's used). As we know, once you understand that the brain can change and grow, you are more likely to engage, focus, and learn.
However, a deeper understanding of how your brain works can enhance anyone's ability to develop and apply a growth oriented mindset in school, at work, or at home. If you simply believe the brain is malleable and like a muscle, that's good. But, if you can articulate some of the ways in which your intelligence grows with effort and in which your brain operates to help you design solutions to problems, it can both a) reinforce or deepen your growth mindset and b) help you develop strategies to improve your brain's performance.