Growth Mindset

September 17th, 2023

Last week, our Sans Souci Build You participants participated in a Growth Mindset workshop. This was a fun afternoon where they learned about what growth mindset is, why it’s important and what we wouldn’t have in our world without people having growth mindset (lightbulbs, mass produced cars, pumpkin spice lattes!)


Participants also completed a tasty growth mindset activity where they were asked to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with no further instruction. As they were making their sandwich, we observed them as they chose between different types of bread, different peanut butter options, different jelly options, etc.


After they made their sandwich, we pointed out our observations, with the takeaway point being that it doesn’t matter what bread, jelly or peanut butter type they used, it didn’t matter if someone made theirs “look nicer”, and it didn’t matter if they used a knife or a spoon to get their peanut butter out, the point was that at the end of the activity, they all made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

The same is true about their life! It doesn’t matter what path they took or how many different choices they made, at the end of the day, they are all in this program and on their own unique path to success.


Growth mindset is a powerful skill to develop and it’s something that our participants already have, but they didn’t know they had it. Each of these participants applied to be in SSBU because they believe that they can grow, change and learn- the very foundation of what having a growth mindset is!

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