Growth Mindset Podcast

102: Teaching Kids a Growth Mindset - Maria Wilkes - Teacher and Influencer

March 30th, 2020

Maria Wilkes

(MA Education), researcher, teacher, tutor, writer, speaker and mentor

Maria Wilkes is a language teacher at one of the top all-girl schools in London and is a private tutor. Maria left her position as a teacher and took a chance to compete in the U.K.’s countrywide competition to become the British representative at the Miss Universe pageant. She wanted to break the stereotype and offer an alternative view to those who believe that beauty pageants are degrading.

Our guest is dedicated to her mission to empower young women beyond the classroom, and Miss Universe is the perfect platform to do just that. Maria's experience as a teacher and tutor has alerted her to the harsh reality of what it’s like to be a young person searching for meaning in today’s world.

Over the past decade, Maria has been researching and building a scientifically-driven parenting guide to ensure that our current generation of young people become the most inspiring future generation of leaders. Her goal is to build a community of conscious parents who will band together to fight the emotional epidemic amongst the younger generation.


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My name is Sam Harris. I am a British entrepreneur, investor and explorer. From hitchhiking across Kazakstan to programming AI doctors I am always pushing myself in the spirit of curiosity and Growth. My background is in Biology and Psychology with a passion for improving the world and human behaviour. I have built and sold companies from an early age and love coming up with unique ways to make life more enjoyable and meaningful.



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Enjoy and Ride the Journey of Life

Enjoying the journey does not mean that you should stop setting goals or that you should swap your work ethic for leisure. Just don’t let a single a goal dictate your life. Enjoy the pursuit of your goal with some diversions along the way. You need the ambition to keep you on track. But it should not close you off from others pursuing other paths even if they lead nowhere. Enjoy the path that leads you to your destination.

It’s important to look at all the good things in our lives and to enjoy them to the full right now. That is much more likely to bring happiness than waiting for it to appear around the corner.

Have Courage

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the strength to overcome it. Being courageous means being fully aware of the challenges and dangers ahead, feeling the fear associated with those challenges and dangers, and having the determination and drive to push through that fear and tackle them head-on.

The only thing that will help you feel more courageous is taking action, stepping outside your comfort zone, and sending yourself the message that you are a courageous person.

Develop a Growth Mindset

A growth mindset is an idea that, with effort, it's possible to increase intelligence levels, talents, and abilities. Anyone who demonstrates a growth mindset believes their abilities develop over time, tend to seek out opportunities to gain new knowledge and broaden their skills, and do not typically shy away from challenges

Having a growth mindset is essential to lifelong success, and it is something that the youth can develop with practice at an early age.

Bonus Tip:

Everything that you do is consciously or unconsciously driven by one of 6 human needs. These needs motivate and inspire us to take action in positive ways. However, when some of these needs are not met consistently, your mind will unconsciously find ways to satisfy these needs. How your mind does this is not always good for you and can lead to addictions.

Tony Robbins identified these 6 human needs and how they are behind everything that we do. If you have a behaviour that you can’t seem to stop, then it is likely that one of these 6 human needs is behind it.

6 Human Needs

1. Certainty
We all have a need for certainty, comfort, stability and security.

2. Uncertainty/Variety
We all have a need for uncertainty, variety, excitement, and surprise.

3. Significance
We all have a need to feel significant, special, unique, or important in some way.

4. Love & Connection
We all have a need for love and connection.

5. Growth
We all need to grow and evolve in some way.

6. Contribution
We all need to contribute in some way so our lives have meaning.

The** first four needs** are the “needs of the personality” – you will meet these needs whether you know it or not.
The last two, “growth” and “contribution” are the_ spiritual needs_ – these are what bring us lasting fulfilment.


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