Lesson 1, Topic 1
In Progress


The two main ways people think about intelligence or ability as having either:

• A fixed mindset: People believe that their intelligence is fixed and static in this mindset.
• A growth mindset: in this mindset, people believe that intelligence and talents can be improved through effort and learning.

People with a fixed mindset typically believe that their level of intelligence and abilities are innate. Fixed mindset people think that they have a certain amount of intelligence, and that’s that, and then their goal looks smart all the time and never looks stupid.

People with a growth mindset understand that not knowing or not being good at something can be a temporary state, so they don’t have to feel ashamed or try to prove they’re smarter than they currently are.

In a growth mindset, they understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching, and persistence.
The comfort zone is a psychological state where a person feels at ease because they’re not being tested.

People don’t typically engage in new experiences or take on any challenges inside their comfort zone. They only participate in familiar activities, making them feel “in control” of their environment.

People stay in their comfort zone to avoid feelings of anxiety or stress and pain. Anything outside the comfort zone creates uncertainty, making us feel anxious. Naturally, human beings are wired to avoid these feelings. This makes them reluctant to leave their comfort zone.

After all, why should they?

As comfortable as it seems, this safe bubble keeps people from personal growth and doing what they want but don’t dare to do.

For example, staying in an unfulfilling job for years leaves you feeling burnt out and disengaged. Yet, it’s become your comfort zone. You know you’re capable of more, but venturing out and challenging your boundaries scares you because it involves uncertainty.
Did you know that adding a tiny word to your English phrases and sentences can change your mindset?

The way we communicate can affect the way we think.

Why not focus on building a growth mindset by adding the word “yet” when you talk about goals you haven’t accomplished yet?

You can add the word “yet” to your sentences when you talk about something you haven’t done or don’t have.


“I have always wanted to travel to Australia. I haven’t made it to Australia yet.”
“I haven’t met the love of my life yet.”
“I haven’t delegated tasks correctly yet.”
“I haven’t achieved a four-hour workweek yet.”