Christi and I believe our brains are muscles. The more we exercise them – by learning new things and solving problems – the smarter we get. We never want to hear our children say, “I just can’t do math.” or “I’m dumb.” We teach them that the harder they work, the better they can get.
This works for the creative arts as well. I tell my daughter all the time, “Creativity is something you have to work on. If you want to be more creative, you have to work harder.”
Carol Dweck influenced and reinforced our thinking on this matter. You can see a YouTube video interview with Carol below.
Carol also has an awesome book detailing her research. It is called ‘Mindset.’ You can get it from Amazon (affiliate) here.