The 7 Mindsets founders began working with inner city youth over 25 years ago, teaching principles of entrepreneurship in New York City schools. After witnessing the growth and development in many students deemed at-risk, and alarmed by growing trends throughout the country of student mental health challenges including depression and suicide, the company begin exploring new ways to reach more students and extend its impact.
In 2007, we began an extensive research effort that would continue the next three years. The study looked to uncover why so many people seek to have a life of meaning and purpose, happiness and success, yet so few reach their full potential. A team of researchers interviewed and studied thousands of individuals, from many walks of life, who discovered happiness and success under their own terms.
The results of the study were compelling and interesting, yet strikingly different from many of the explanations commonly associated with a life of happiness and success. The findings were simple, yet evident. Happiness and success are not predicated on what individuals know or where they come from; it is grounded in how they think. In particular, there were 7 mindsets they had in common. Mindsets are ways of thinking that influence feelings, thoughts and actions. They are rooted in emotion and affect relationships and quality of life.
Today, the 7 Mindsets has been implemented in over a thousand schools around the world and with more than a million educators and students. The mindsets-based approach is anchored on a leadership development and coaching process to promote healthy school environments and meet the needs of all learners and staff. What separates the 7 Mindsets from other PK-12 SEL programs is that it nurtures the mindsets of both students and educators.
The 7 Mindsets have been implemented in all educational settings, urban, rural, suburban, private, low performing, high achieving, virtual, and more. The environments may be different, but the results have remained consistent — creating meaningful conversations, connections, and relationships around a common language and approach. The impact is obvious, by positively changing the way individuals think about themselves and their future, the 7 Mindsets empower them to live lives of purpose, passion, and meaning.
SELEQUITY™ is the culmination of decades of research and practical application with students and educators around the world. It is the most effective way to create success in the classroom and life changing opportunities in your school and district.