Growth VS Fixed Mindset

Apr 24, 2022 ByClaire Miles

Think good thoughts and good things will happen. Think positive, stay positive. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Everyone has heard a sentence or two like these. But are these true? Try and recall a time in your life when you tried doing something and miserably failed at it. And ever since, you have never tried it again. Most of us have been there, at least once in our lives. 

Dweck is a psychologist working as a professor at Stanford University. Her well-known book “Mindset: The Psychology of Success” presents two core ideas. One is the Fixed Mindset and the other is the Growth Mindset. A fixed mindset is when you believe that your abilities, intelligence, and characters are pre-determined. Dweck explained this type of mindset to be the opposite of the Fixed Mindset. A growth mindset, on the other hand, refers to a yearning for development. 

It is argued that a growth mindset is essential for the success of human beings and a fixed mindset, on the contrary, hinders success. It is because through a fixed mindset you are more fixated on avoiding failure, rather than learning. The process of learning involves a lot of mistakes and running into temporary failures but you learn so much. Learn new skills that go a long way in ensuring your success in ways that really matter! 

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Changing your mindset is an essential ingredient to succeeding. The chances of success or doing well in life are exponentially increased when you think you can do it. Then you really believe that your desired outcome is achievable and push yourself every minute of every day to achieve it! The importance of such a growth mindset can be observed in many successful people around the globe. What is common among them is that they all failed. But, they did not give up in the face of hardships until they finally achieved their desired outcome- and neither should you!