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Growth Mindset

In 2006, a professor of psychology at Stanford university by the name of Carol Dweck published a book called Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Over the years, this book has revolutionized the fields of motivation and social development. The book argues that all human beings, regardless of race, age, gender, socio-economic status, or geographical location divide up to 2 groups when it comes to the type of mindset they live their everyday life by. Namely: Growth or Fixed.

The difference between these 2 mindsets is as stark as day and night in their approach to life both on a micro level: simple daily tasks and on a macro level: the attainment of life goals .

One of the key differentiating factors between people who achieve success VS the ones that don’t boils down to wether they have a fixed or a growth mindset.

Let’s take a look at the differences:

People with a FIXED MINDSET:
  • Believe skills & Intelligence are set and cannot change.

  • Avoid challenges

  • Complain that it’s too hard

  • Expect reward without effort

  • Ignore feedback

  • Threatened by success of others

People with a GROWTH MINDSET:
  • Believe skills & intelligence can be developed and grown.

  • Embrace challenges

  • Believe they can train their brain

  • Effort is the path to mastery

  • Learn from feedback

  • Inspired by success of others

Simply put: Having a growth mindset means believing that a person's abilities aren't innate but can be improved through effort, learning, and persistence. A growth mindset is all about the attitude with which a person faces challenges, how they process failures, and how they adapt and evolve as a result.

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