We’re firm believers in the growth mindset, the idea that people can develop and improve their talents and skills through dedication and hard work. Countless educators, learners, and even football coaches are also strong devotees. However, Carol Dweck, Stanford professor and leading researcher of the theory, revealed that the concept is often misunderstood. Some believe that a growth mindset is analogous to being open-minded, while others take it to mean that learners’ efforts should always be praised. In a recent Re:Learning podcast for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dweck responds to critics, and clarifies what it means to have a growth mindset.