SA 013: Eduardo Briceno on Growth vs. Fixed Mindsets

SA013 -Eduardo Briceno

In this episode, our guest is Eduardo Briceno, the Co-Founder and CEO of Mindset Works. He talks about the definition and what people get wrong when they talk about growth and fixed mindsets, what the future is for the concept and what it sets the foundation for with regards to grit, persistence and resilience.

Guest Bio:

Eduardo Briceno is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mindset Works, which he started with Carol Dweck, Lisa Blackwell and others, to help people develop as motivated and effective learners.  Mindset Works now serves hundreds of schools and tens of thousands of teachers and students to help them cultivate student and teacher ownership of their own learning.

Eduardo has spoken at numerous industry conferences for school leaders, teachers, students, professional developers, college professors, business executives, and policy makers.  He delivered a popular TEDx talk on the growth mindset, and has been featured in prominent media outlets such as NPR and Education Week.

Prior to Mindset Works, Eduardo was an Education Pioneers Fellow at New Leaders, where he worked on programs to identify, document, and reward effective school leadership practices.  Before that, he was a Principal with the Sprout Group, a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, where he was part of the technology investment team and served on several for-profit and non-profit boards.  Prior to Sprout, Eduardo was an investment banking analyst with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He grew up in Caracas, Venezuela.

Eduardo holds MBA and M.A. in Education degrees from Stanford University, and bachelor’s degrees in Economics and in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Most important, he continues to enjoy lifelong learning every day.


Some Questions We Ask:

  • What is a fixed mindset, what is a growth mindset, and what has the research told us?
  • Where does the science of neuroplasticity fit into that research [on mindset], or do they work in parallel?
  • What book has most influenced him and why?
  • If he could have dinner with one person he admires, past or present, who would it be and why?

What You’ll Learn In This  Episode:

  • Eduardo’s personal story and why his work is connected to his passion and purpose
  • Why it’s important to understand that a fixed mindset is a reality in everybody’s life

A growth mindset is an understanding that we can improve ourselves, we can improve our abilities, we can improve our intelligence and become smarter. A fixed mindset is viewing abilities as fixed.

  • The difference between a growth mindset, and resilience and grit
  • Teaching the growth mindset in schools, and what do administrators and teachers think about it
  • Some of the exercises that Mindset Works teaches in its work with instructors and administrators to effectively build the growth mindset into the curriculum or into the faculty’s mindset

If we want students to be motivated and effective learners, then we need to be motivated and effective learners.

  • The next phase in the work of Mindset Works



Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

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