The Power of Yet


Do you believe that you have the ability to improve and grow?  In the TED Talk The Power of Yet, Carol Dweck pushes the boundaries of human potential through the exploration of the concept of “growth mindset”.  Witness examples of the brain’s capacity to tackle profound challenges when a growth mindset is in play.

What You’ll Learn

After completing the work on this page, you will be able to:

  • Define and differentiate “growth mindset” from “fixed mindset”
  • Remember that your brain’s neural pathways get stronger when challenged
  • Recall the importance and benefits of giving praise to others based on process
  • Comprehend that you can grow your capacity to learn and solve problems

Watch the Video

Dig Deeper

After watching the video, reflect on the following questions. Jot down your thoughts. Consider sharing this video with a colleague or a work group for an insightful discussion.

  1. Do you have a “growth mindset” or a “fixed mindset”?  Briefly elaborate.
  2. List one step that you can take to improve your personal growth mindset. Try it out for a week and reflect on the results.
  3. Think of one person to whom you can provide praise and praise that person based on process. Reflect on the results.

Still Hungry?

Here’s more to spark your thinking on this topic:

  • Curiosity is crucial to organizational achievement and your own professional success. Learn more about the importance of curiosity in this 3 part Harvard Business Review package Why Curiosity Matters which contains:
    • The Business Case for Curiosity,
    • From Curious to Competent, and
    • The Five Dimensions of Curiosity.
  • Are you open to new interests? In this Harvard Business Review article, explore why Having a Growth Mindset Makes it Easier to Develop New Interests and why that can benefit your career.
  • Where do you fall on the mindset continuum? Check out this infographic from Mindful by Design.
  • Curious about your curiosity? Take the Harvard Business Review Assessment What’s Your Curiosity Profile?

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  1. I loved the Power of YET, i thought it was a great concept. It gave me a better way of thinking and reaching goals. I think it helps to keep you engaged in the process of what ever you,re trying to accomplish. (not yet means not finished ,still working towards it.)

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  3. The Power of Yet is a great resource. It has good information and resources about having a “growth mindset” where we can engage in the process of growing and changing.


  4. This resource came at a great time for me. My nephew was struggling with his freshman year of college, and I sent him this TedTalk. I think he needed to hear less adults telling him to “push through”, “put his nose to the grindstone”, “you’ll be fine”. This “power of yet” message gave him permission to be unsure and question whether college was right for him or not, by gently saying “you’ll get there, but not just YET”. He has decided not to pursue a college degree, but I believe this approach helped him realize that maybe his YET is to be found somewhere else in life, not necessarily in school.


  5. The Power of Yet! I have known this is true for years but I find myself entering a fixed mindset sometimes and feeling I will never get this right. I often told my children that everyone can learn, it just takes longer for some and we all retain information differently. I should practice what I preach! Thank you for the reminder that I just haven’t gotten there yet.


  6. The Power of Yet changed the way I think, and it did so over a short period of time–think days and weeks, rather than months and years. Learning to shift from “I can’t” or “I don’t” or “I haven’t” to “Not Yet”–giving myself, my projects, and the people around me permission to have room to grow–has eased anxiety, fostered innovation and creativity, and kept momentum going both at work and at home. For the ten minutes I gave to watching this video, the return on my investment of time has been tremendous.


  7. The Power of Yet had an impact on me, both personally and professionally. The ideas Carol shares can really change the way you think, going from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. I hope to pass this concept on to my kids.


  8. The Power of Yet is one of those resources that flipped my mental framework on its head. Although I have a growth mindset, I sometimes get bogged down ruminating when something doesn’t work right away or I don’t get the result I’m looking for. The power of yet gives us room to breathe and not judge ourselves or others too harshly. It also opens up a world of possibilities and hope. It’s amazing that something so simple can be so transformational. I couldn’t wait to share it with my family!

  9. The Power of Yet is such an easy concept that is immensely valuable both personally and professionally. Transitioning from I can’t to I’m just not able to YET is such a change in mindset when in a situation at work but also something for personal relationships and extremely helpful when raising kids!


  10. I loved the power of yet. I think this concept can be applied to a lot within NPS as we are constantly working towards and thinking of our goals. This idea I believe will help me stay engaged as I know my goals may not be complete but they are in my reach even if they haven’t happened yet.


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