Fixed vs Growth Mindset
- People with a growth mindset understand that their intelligence and abilities can be developed. A growth mindset means that you believe your intelligence and talents can be developed over time.
Example: “I can do this if I try hard enough.”
- People with a fixed mindset believe that people are born with a certain amount of talent and abilities. A fixed mindset means that you believe intelligence is fixed—so if you’re not good at something, you might believe you’ll never be good at it.
Example: “I’m not the kind of person who can do this.”
More on Growth Mindset
People with a growth mindset do better in their careers and other areas of life that require perseverance, self-reflection, and good decision-making.
They understand that their brain grows every time they make a mistake.
Those who adopt a growth mindset are more likely to:
- Embrace lifelong learning
- Believe intelligence can be improved
- Put in more effort to learn
- Believe effort leads to mastery
- Believe failures are just temporary setbacks
- View feedback as a source of information
- Willingly embraces challenges
- View others’ success as a source of inspiration
- View feedback as an opportunity to learn
“Science once told us that the human brain stops developing in childhood, however, we now know that the brain is constantly evolving and changing. Many parts of the brain respond to experiences and our ‘software’ can be updated through learning.” – Mindset Health
While you may lean more in favor growth or fixed when it comes to certain ideas or situations, it’s beneficial to hone in on a growth mindset in every area of your life. Keep in mind that some may take longer than others, but be aware of the areas where you tend to have fixed thinking.
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