This blog has gained many new readers over the past year. Because of that, I thought it might be worth sharing a daily “A Look Back” where I share a best post from the past twelve years. You can also see all of my choices for “Best” posts here.

This post originally appeared in 2016:


I’ve just returned from seeing the movie “Finding Dory,” and feel like it’s the perfect movie to illustrate the best points of a growth mindset and grit, two concepts that are sometimes misused.

Here is the definition that I’m most comfortable with when talking about those characteristics:


Dory – along with Marlin and his son, Nemo – showed an enormous amount of effort, deployed numerous different strategies, and sought and received a great deal of help in the search for Dory’s parents.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources For Learning About “Grit” and ‘It’s Time to Change the Conversation About Grit.”