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Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

Updated: May 30, 2021

Although manifested at an early age our mindset has a lot to deal with our behavior in dealing with success and failures both personally and professionally. Gauging our overall capacity for happiness. A growth mindset thrives on challenge and sees failure as room for growth and stretching abilities. A fixed mindset assumes that one’s character, intelligence and creative ability are givens which cannot be changed in any meaningful way and that success affirms the assessment of how those givens measure up against the fixed standard. There is also a mindset based on believing that your basic qualities can be cultivated through your efforts.

The disadvantage of a "fixed mindset" is that it creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over especially if you only have a certain amount of intelligence or skill. In both personal and professional decisions, every situation will call for confirmation and evaluation. Will I be accepted or rejected? Will I win or lose? The advantage of having a "growth mindset" is that it pushes you. Why waste time proving yourself, when you could be getting better? Seek out true experiences instead of ones that stretch you. The drive to stick to it, even if it’s not going right, that is the gem of the growth mindset.

Everyone can change and grow through application and experience. It is impossible to foresee what one can become with years of passion and training. Develop your strengths!


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