25 Best Inspiring Growth Mindset Quotes for Students

Growth Mindset Quotes for Students can be a realty useful way to motivate them. I love writing about growth mindset as it is inspiring and makes me believe anything is possible with an attitude shift and a willingness to learn and persist.

I think growth mindset quotes for students can be just as useful as a stellar and stuck to revision plan!


Growth Mindset Quotes for Students

What is a a fixed mindset?

The theory of fixed and growth mindset was defined by  Dr. Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford.

A fixed mindset can be extremely limiting and stunts growth.  Students with a fixed mindset believe their skills are fixed traits and their intelligence is what it is. This stops them trying new things, thinking creatively or approaching things outside their comfort zone. They may considered themselves to have a poor memory or be rubbish at maths and never challenge that,


What is a growth mindset?

Students with a growth mindset believe they can grow, evolve and develop. It is a much healthier and productive attitude. These student believe they an develop through effort,positive attitude and  sustained practice. They believe in learning and improving – in growth. This is what we want to encourage in our students so they reach their potential.

So lets take a look at some absolutely fantastic growth mindset quotes for student and how to use them.

Growth Mindset Quotes for Students


‘The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss


“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford


“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” — Anthony J. D’Angelo


“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”– Winston Churchill,


“You have not failed unless you have quit trying.” – Gordon B. Hinckley


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did.” – Mark Twain


“Vision is not enough. It must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps; we must also step up the stairs.” – Vaclac Havel


The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better.”

Enid Blyton


“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” Roger Crawford


“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”  Vince Lombardi


Growth Mindset Quotes for Students

More growth mindset quotes for students


“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” Kevin Durant


“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” Albert Einstein


“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Lao Tzu


“Always realize that you can get better. Your best work has not been done yet.” Les Brown


“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain


“Choose to focus your time, energy and conversation around people who inspire you, support you and help you to grow you into your happiest, strongest, wisest self.” Karen Salmansohn

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” Babe Ruth


“When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.” Napoleon Hill


“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” Clement Stone


“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” Karen Lamb


“If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.” — Zig Ziglar


“Being a student is easy. Learning requires actual work.” — William Crawford


“A ‘genius’ is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.” — Thomas Edison



“Wisdom…. comes not from age, but from education and learning.” — Anton Chekhov


“You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.” — Conrad Hall


Growth mindset advice for younger students

The following is an extract form my book Create Your own Confidence for 7-12 year olds but it is advice that works for all ages. )


Growth Mindset Quotes for Students


Being a confident learner

Perhaps you find art and PE a breeze but math makes you want to scream. Or you can do tricky sums but  trying to catch a ball ends in disaster no matter how hard you try?

Your success at school doesn’t only rely on effort or natural talent, your confidence in your ability to learn has a lot to do with it

Research has  shown that confident students achieve more, are generally happier, and are more successful

Confident learners (those who know they will get there in the end) do these 3 things:



When you learned to talk/ walk/ride a bike or read you probably struggled before you could do it. Because you practiced these skills again and again you got there in the end. Some things take a lot of learning but once learned they feel so easy. 


Have a ‘can do’ attitude.

When you tell yourself  ‘can’t do science’ or  ‘it’s too hard’ you will begin to think that you are’ just awful at this awful subject.’ 

Thoughts affect feelings and with these thoughts you will feel ‘fed up and frustrated.’ at any mention of science. Feelings affect behaviour so feeling this way you will probably avoid science and definitely not try your best.

BUT  if you think ‘I can do science,’ and  I can try my best’ your thoughts will be positive, you will FEEL confident and in control so ACT differently, practicing more, working harder, and getting help if you need it. 

A ‘can do attitude’ makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE 


Asking for help when you need it stops you getting stuck and confused in your learning. Speak up. Teachers want you to do well and you can’t learn what you don’t understand! 

Activity – Create an achievement log

You learn things successfully all the time so you should definitely have confidence in your ability to learn. 

This week focus on at least one thing you have learned and understood each day (no matter how small) Either Write it up in your journal each night or share it at the dinner table. You could ask your grown up what  they learned today too? 

Do this for 7 days and focus on how fabulous you are at learning! 

Further reading from Growth Mindset Quotes for Students

I will be writing about growth mindset quotes for teachers soon so do check back!

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