Fixed vs Growth Mindset

How mindsets can influence your learning and success

Our mindset is critical to our success and growth. According to Stanford psychologist and researcher, Carol Dweck, there are two kinds of mindsets — the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. These mindsets play a crucial role in shaping our lives and capacity to learn.

“For decades, I’ve been studying why some people succeed while people, who are equally talented, do not. And over the years, I’ve discovered that people’s mindsets play a crucial role in this process.”
– Carol Dweck

It is important to understand that we may fall in either fixed or growth mindset in certain situations. At different times of the day or when faced with various scenarios or challenges, we may show characteristics and actions of these two mindsets. We might be on a growth mindset today, then slip into a fixed mindset tomorrow.

But now that we know the characteristics of these mindsets, we can be able to identify what mindset we have at any moment, figure out the cause, and recalibrate our perspective. This will help us focus on more positive actions and behaviours that will drive us to grow and succeed.

Developing a growth mindset doesn’t take overnight. It’s a process of learning and getting better that will be a key to shaping our lives.

Mindsets also have a major influence on people’s ability to learn. Taking the step to learn something new or enrolling in a course is a reflection of a growth mindset – that you know you have the capacity to learn and build new skills, that you are ready to take on challenges, that you believe in the power of hard work, effort and perseverance.

“I think anything is possible if you have the mindset and the
will and desire to do it and put the time in.”

– Roger Clemens

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