<<Email from Khan Academy>>
Some people believe that intellectual ability is purely genetic or fixed.
This is a myth. Research now shows that your brain is like a muscle; the more you apply it and struggle, the more it grows. People who learn to recognize this fact about their own brain develop a ‘growth mindset’ and are able to persevere and achieve more.
At Khan Academy we know abilities are not set in stone because we see people improving radically every day. That’s why today we’re embarking on a mission to help the world realize that if you work hard and embrace struggle, you can learn anything:
Please share this video with everyone you know. It was designed to inspire, but also change people’s mindsets towards learning. Together, as a community, we can end the myth that intellectual abilities are fixed and help our friends and families (and ourselves!) learn new things.
Imagine what the world would look like if everyone knew what they were capable of and had the mindset to learn anything.
Founder of Khan Academy
I love the idea being celebrated that you can learn anything! The only difference I would assert is from where we begin. The video states that no one is born smart. We all start from zero. I disagree. I think we are all born with amazing gifts and potential. Each day a small morsel of these gifts begins to emerge. The more the morsels are revealed and connected together, the more the world can see the genius that is in each of us. As a community of learners, how might we be the catalyst for all these morsels to emerge, evolve, connect, and optimize?