Students are confident that with diligent effort they can learn what they need to know and develop the personal attributes they need to succeed in school and the workplace. (Instead of thinking, “I can’t”, they think, “I can’t . . . yet.”).


I will be a better student if I act on the following beliefs:

  • I am smart enough to learn what I need to know and do to be successful.
  • Learning to understand and do new things often takes diligent hard work.


  • List things you can do now that they were not very good at when you started (tying a bow, swimming, riding a bike, parallel parking, researching on the internet). What would have happened if you quit after the first, the third or even the fifth failure?
  • Identify all the things you can now do because you stuck with it and inspire your confidence that no matter how complicated or difficult a new assignment is you can handle it if you apply yourself.



  1. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
  2. The expert in everything was once a beginner.
  3. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. – Beverly Sills
  4. Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
  5. Some people dream of accomplishing great things. Others stay awake and make it happen.
  6. There is no substitute for hard work. – Thomas Edison
  7. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little “extra.”
  8. You don’t always get what you wish for; you get what you work for.



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A2.1. Growth Mindset

A2.2. Learning From Mistakes