- danikahannon

# The Growth Mindset

**A Couple Weeks Ago, I Started a Pre-Calculus Class on Khan Academy; Then Things Went South**

Less than two minutes into the lesson, something terrible happened: I panicked.

I didn't know how to use the formulas the lesson was covering and the teacher had (fairly) assumed that the students would be familiar with them.

I thought I was too dumb to be taking that lesson and that my goals of becoming a mathematician and quantum physicist were very, very far out of reach.

Internally, I felt like how Beaker from Sesame Street looks.

**In Trying to Stop My "Beaker Moment"**

I left my computer, breathed deeply, then came back. I thought about it and came to understood that I wasn't ready for pre-calc. *Yet*.

Leading up to the pre-calc class, I'd been taking easier math lessons, so I went back to where I'd left off and picked up my learning from there.

**And I Realized Something Important**

Learning math again is going to take grit and a growth mindset. I haven't taken a math lesson since my Freshman or Sophomore year of college, which was several years ago.

It wasn't realistic to think that I could jump into higher levels of math and immediately remember everything that I once knew.

Although, it's entirely fair for me to assume that if I practice consistently and study smart, I'll re-gain the skills that I've lost.

In fact, I'm willing to bet that if I stick with this, I'll re-learn what I once knew, and I'll gain new math skills as I go.

**While "Beaker Moments" Will Still Happen**

I'm hopeful that when I practice math, I'll start feeling less like Beaker and more like Wonder Woman. And that I'll have the bravery to keep moving forward and face what's in front of me.

**Resources**

If you want to learn more about the power of grit and growth mindsets, here are a few resources for you: