I’m on the train going home. The girl infront of me is reading the book Mindset: The Psychology of Success. I have to talk to her, I thought. When the seat beside her became free I asked to sit next to her. She said, “No problem.” And a conversation ensued.
She’s a high school teacher and is trying to figure out whether her students have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset. We start talking about the stresses of school, that either students want an ATAR of 95 or death or they’re of the mindset that whatever happens will happen. I chime in and say about the third option; figuring out what you want and setting achievable goals to get there.
“What’s your name?”
“Tanya! We went to France together 12 years ago!”
“So we did…!”