Never Give Up (Growth Mindset for Kids)

This message teaches the Growth Mindset to kids in a way that they can understand… Never Give Up. All too often kids have already bought into the fixed mindset way of thinking.

We constantly hear them say, “I can’t do it.” However, little do they know the power of adding one word… “yet.” What they should be saying is “I can’t do it, yet.” With hard work and a “never give up” attitude, anything is possible.

Matt winning 1st place at Red Bull's Fight with Flight.
Matt winning 1st place at Red Bull’s Fight with Flight.

Key Takeaways

  • Personal responsibility
  • Importance of positive self-talk
  • Dealing with failure
  • Looking at problems as merely challenges
  • Anything is possible with a “Never-Give-Up” attitude

The Long Story Short

Matt Wilhelm worked his whole life to make it to the largest BMX competition in the world, The X Games. However, his glory was short lived as he finished in LAST PLACE. Devastated, Matt returned home where every voice in his head told him, “You’re not good enough. You don’t have what it takes. You just can’t do anything right.”

It was hard not to listen to these voices of doubt, but Matt persevered. Determined not to give up on his dream Matt went on to win three X Games medals and two National Championships. Matt says, “If I can go from last place to becoming the national champion then you can overcome any challenge you face. Never Give Up.”

My son is 10 (4th grade) and has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He has never even ridden a 2 wheel bike before and will not be able to in the future due to his muscle disease and the physical deterioration it causes.

Your message today about not giving up when things are tough or seem unachievable was really an impressionable moment for him. I thank you for that.

Just know that you made a little kid hopeful today that he can be as determined as you to get past some of the obstacles he faces!Tammy C. - Mother (Received via Facebook)

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