10 Great Growth Mindset Quotes for Teachers

It’s a New Year! A new decade, and a new opportunity to learn, develop and grow. Last year we talked about the Growth Mindset – a collection of attitudes and beliefs that have the potential to transform your ability to develop new skills as well as hone existing ones. With so much on your plate already for the year ahead, it’s easy to let your own development and wellbeing fall by the wayside – but with these 10 great Growth Mindset quotes to live by, remembering healthy ways to approach new challenges has never been easier!


On Perseverance

Your teacher diary is probably already stuffed full of to-dos, duties and objectives for the year ahead, both inside and outside of the classroom. There will be moments where you might feel like the journey ahead is too difficult – when that time comes, remember these great quotes:

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

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Winston Churchill


On Growth

Spending time and effort on developing ourselves, and keeping us well, is more important now than it has perhaps ever been. Sadly, looking after ourselves and making sure that we’re always moving forward is often one of the first priorities to be discarded when the pressure is on. Let’s try to change our attitudes with these pearls of wisdom:

“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”
Frank A. Clark

“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning to sail my ship.”
Louisa May Alcott

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

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
Joseph Chilton Pearce


On Courage

Tackling difficult challenges, and doing our best to cope with and navigate the myriad of stressors that compose modern life can take everything we have – indeed, leaving our comfort zone is, by design, uncomfortable. It’s important to keep believing in yourself, and your capacity to succeed, in order to remain strong in the face of adversity.

“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a narrow field.”
Niels Bohr

“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


Where will you be a year from now?

When 2020 inevitably gives way to 2021, we will all, once again, reflect on the year we’ve had and think on what we want to achieve in the year ahead. There are so many conflicting priorities in life, and it’s easy to get side-tracked from your goals. It’s good to plan. Learn more about the benefits of a teacher wellbeing diary and teacher planners in keeping you on track 365 days a year!