“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work – brains and talents are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and resilience for great accomplishment”.
– Dweck, 2015
Have you heard about the expression growth mindset before?
Or maybe the comparison between a fixed and a growth mindset?
As human beings, it is fair to assume that we have a certain degree of both.
How much of each?
The answer to that might be what separates who will and will not be succesful in the long run.
What also separates people is how we react to failure.
A bad thing? Or just part of the process?
A year ago, I didn´t know much about being a parent.
But at that time, I needed to accept the fact that I lacked experience, but that it wouldn´t need to be the case forever.
Learning a little bit at the time and try to develop along the way.
Accepting mistakes as part or the process.
A person with a fixed mindset would have resonated in other terms.
Something like, “There is no way I can do this”. And once things start go bad, that will only confirm what he or she thinks.
I will clarify this once again: All people are a mix between a fixed and a growth mindset.
But you can make sure you are a little bit more towards one or the other.
It´s about what you do every day.
Which mentality you have and what choices you make.
Looking back at last year, this time of the year. I would never have thought that my main focus would be a work that evolves around working with my laptop.
Only that shows how far a growth mindset can get you.
Risk & reward
At first, it sounded “too good to be true” in my ears.
Next I thought, I might not be good enough to fix this.
Then I started to read more about it.
What you then start to realize is the following:
- It is 100% possible if you trust the process and do the right things.
- It is 100% impossible with a fixed mindset.
- It´s not gonna be easy.
- When you take a risk and get a reward – It´s 100% worth it.
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