In our childhoods, our mindsets start to develop and change over time into our adulthood. The theory of having a fixed or growth mindset can contribute to our success in the future of our lives. According to an article by Eduardo Briceno, in the past, people thought a growth mindset was about high expectations of being perfect. In reality, they were describing the opposite, a fixed mindset. In the article titled “Growth Mindset: Clearing up common confusions” by Mindshift,“ it explains a growth mindset is based on the idea that talents and abilities can be improved and developed. Instead of hiding from one’s weaknesses, he or she should acknowledge and embrace imperfections to contribute to having a growth mindset. No one's mindset is completely one or the other; it is more of a mixture of both and changes over time.
The children's story, Grayson and Felix shares a valuable lesson about staying motivated when people try to bring you down. Grayson is the mint colored shark with the growth mindset and Felix along with his sidekick, Fred are the gray sharks with fixed mindsets. Grayson is the mint colored shark, which is a mixture of blue and green. The green showing he is always growing, and blue meaning he’s open to new challenges. Fred and Felix are shades of gray, symbolizing their dull fixed mindset, that doesn’t allow them to explore new things. As time goes on in the story Felix and Fred are getting frustrated that their efforts aren’t ‘good enough’. Where as Grayson is finding new strategies to catch fish in addition to becoming more determined to prove himself as time progressed. The story of Grayson and Felix will have a valuable contribution to the kids that read it. They will see how the shark that was up for a challenge, stayed motivated and overall wanted to grow successfully in the end.