The Power of Believing That You Can Improve

An Arcus study titled: “The Power of Believing That You Can Improve” features insights on mindset and motivation, discussing the concept of growth mindset and its impact on achievement and success. Here’s a summary of the key points:

Introduction to Mindset:

The study introduces the concept of mindset, which refers to the beliefs people hold about their abilities and qualities. It contrasts two types of mindsets: fixed mindset, where individuals believe their abilities are static and unchangeable, and growth mindset, where individuals believe their abilities can be developed through effort and perseverance.

Belief in Growth:

The study explains that people with a growth mindset believe in the power of effort and see challenges as opportunities for growth. They embrace setbacks as learning experiences and are resilient in the face of obstacles. This belief in growth fosters a love of learning and a willingness to take on new challenges.

Impact on Achievement:

The study discusses the impact of mindset on achievement and success. It shares research findings that demonstrate how students with a growth mindset outperform those with a fixed mindset, even when facing similar challenges. Individuals with a growth mindset are more likely to persevere in the face of adversity and achieve their goals.


The study explores the concept of neuroplasticity, which refers to the brain’s ability to change and adapt over time. It explains that the brain is like a muscle that can be strengthened through effort and practice. This understanding reinforces the belief that abilities can be developed through hard work and dedication.

Cultivating a Growth Mindset:

The study suggests strategies for cultivating a growth mindset. It encourages praising effort and persistence rather than innate talent, providing constructive feedback that focuses on learning and improvement, and teaching students about the science of neuroplasticity. By promoting a culture of growth mindset, educators and parents can empower individuals to reach their full potential.


In conclusion, the study emphasizes the transformative power of believing in the potential for growth and improvement. It encourages viewers to adopt a growth mindset in their own lives and to support others in developing this mindset. By embracing challenges, persevering in the face of setbacks, and believing in the power of effort, individuals can unlock their capacity for learning and achievement.

Overall, the video highlights the importance of mindset in shaping behavior, achievement, and success. Dweck’s research underscores the profound impact of believing in one’s ability to improve and demonstrates how cultivating a growth mindset can lead to greater fulfillment and accomplishment in life.


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