Growth Mindset Quotes

65 Amazing Growth Mindset Quotes That Will Inspire You

A quick read of some amazing quotes about growth mindset that relate to challenges and obstacles, continued learning, feedback and the success of others.

Growth Mindset Quotes

You might have heard about the importance of having a ‘growth mindset’ in order to succeed?

If you’re not familiar, check out this post for a bit more background: Why You Need A ‘Growth Mindset’ To Achieve Your Goals.

The term is based on the studies of psychologist Carol Dweck, in her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.


Dwerk’s research showed that people either have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. The mindset that we hold of ourselves is powerful and has the potential to impact every part of our lives:

“Much of what you think of as your personality actually grows out of this ‘mindset’. Much of what may be preventing you from fulfilling your potential grows out of it.”

Some of the key differences between someone with a fixed mindset vs growth mindset is how they handle:

  • The challenges & obstacles they face,
  • Continued learning and effort,
  • Feedback & criticism and
  • The success of others

To provide a boost of inspiration and motivation, here are 65 growth quotes that inspire and encourage a growth mindset:

Growth Mindset Quotes About:

Handling Challenges & Obstacles

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."

Thomas A. Edison

"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

Enid Blyton Growth Mindset Quote

"Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are."

Bernice Johnson Reagon

"Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings."

Ralph H. Blum

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."

Charles A. Beard

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."

Robert F. Kennedy

"Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional."

Roger Crawford

Roger Crawford Growth Mindset Quote

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."

Friedrich Nietzsche

"Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next."

Ben Carson

"Often it isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out, it's the little pebble in your shoe."

Muhammad Ali

Growth Mindset Quote Winston Churchill

"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty."

Winston Churchill

"Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

Thomas Edison

"How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win."

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

"Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle."

Napoleon Hill

"All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me.... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you."

Walt Disney

Walt Disney Growth Mindset Quote

"You learn more from failure than from success. Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character."


"It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up."

Vince Lombardi

"We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated."

Maya Angelou

"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough."

Og Mandino

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Quotes About Growth:

 Continued Learning & Effort

"There are better starters than me but I’m a strong finisher."

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt Growth Mindset Quote

"It always seems impossible until it's done."

Nelson Mandela

"If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?"

T.S. Eliot

"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up."

Babe Ruth

"Grit is that 'extra something' that separates the most successful people from the rest. It's the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality."

Travis Bradberry

"I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." 

Thomas Jefferson

"The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense."

Thomas A. Edison

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."

Beverly Sills

"If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all."


Michelangelo Growth Mindset Quote

"Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard."

Kevin Durant

"Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it."

Margaret Thatcher

Growth Mindset Quote Margaret Thatcher

"We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action."

Dr. Henry Link

"Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right."

Henry ford

"The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others."

Hasidic Proverb

"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today."

Franklin D. Roosevelt

"What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110% all the time."

Don Zimmer

"Reading is to the mind, as exercise is to the body."

Brian Tracy

"It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer."

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein Growth Mindset Quote

"People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

Rob Siltanen

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

C.S. Lewis

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Growth Mindset Quotes About:

Handling Feedback & Criticism

"I like criticism. It makes you strong."

LeBron James

"You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one."

John Wooden

"A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep."

Vernon Howard

Vernon Howard Growth Mindset Quote

"The trouble with most of us is that we’d rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism."

Norman Vincent Peale

"It's often the case that successful people invite criticism."

Michael Gove

"Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness."

Susan Gale

Growth Mindset Quote Susan Gale

"To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing."

Elbert Hubbard

"We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him."

Michel de Montaigne

"A creative life cannot be sustained by approval any more than it can be destroyed by criticism." 

Will Self

"Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better. I think that's the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself."

Elon Musk

"Once people take ownership over the decision to receive feedback, they're less defensive about it."

Adam Grant

"Negative feedback is better that none. I would rather have a man hate me than overlook me. As long as he hates me I make a difference."

Hugh Prather

"If excellence is one of your values, not only do you self-critic and evaluate your performance consistently, you BEG others for honest feedback."

Assegid Habtewold

Bill Gates Growth Mindset Quote

"We all need people who will give us feedback. That's how we improve."

Bill Gates

Growth Mindset Quotes About:

The Success of Others

"We don’t have to waste our time learning how to make pastry when we can use grandma’s recipes."

Orson De Witt

"Develop an ‘attitude of gratitude’. Say thank you to everyone you meet for everything they do for you."

Brian Tracy

"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."

Ayn Rand

"When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves."

William Arthur Ward

"Find someone who has a life that you want and figure out how they got it. Read books, pick your role models wisely. Find out what they did and do it."

Lana Del Rey

"Don't allow your pride to stop you from positioning yourself in a circle where you are the least successful one. There is no denial that you could learn some valuable things from people who are more successful than you,that could take you to a much higher level in life."

Edmond Mbiaka

"I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world."

Meryl Streep

"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest."


"Experience is a master teacher, even when it’s not our own."

Gina Greenlee

"We all learn a lot from successful people, people who care and make us feel good, yet we learn much more from failures and those who hate us, (we learn how to avoid the mistakes they made.)"

Auliq Ice

"You could be the next person to succeed if you choose to learn from successful people instead of being envious of them. Moreover, aren't they successful because they learned and continue to learn from others?"

Edmond Mbiaka

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