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The Fixed and The Growth Mindset

The Fixed and the growth mindset

From the previous post, you must have gotten the concept of mindset. Getting the right mindset is good, as it will help you in every aspect of life.

One person famous for her research on mindset is Carol Dweck. She explained the types of mindset (the fixed and growth mindset) in detail. Her books are Dweck, C. S. (2006). Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York: Random House and Dweck, C. S. (2012). Mindset: How you can fulfill your potential. Constable & Robinson Limited.

From the last post on mindset, you will find out the relationship between mindset, belief, and attitude. The kind of mindset people have is a result of their belief and attitude towards a particular idea or thing.

The Fixed Mindset

According to Carol Dweck, people with a fixed mindset believe that their level of excellence or value is fixed, and it can’t change. This set of people with a fixed mindset also believe that their talent is enough and they can achieve success with it.

Therefore, they don’t rely on anything aside from their talent. They can’t develop their talent because they believe a person is born with a particular level of talent/intelligence that can not be developed.

They believe that they are either good at something or bad at it. For example, many people believe that it is difficult for them to learn a new language once they exceed a particular age (this is based on the linguists’ assumptions). As it is, they put in little or no effort to learn a new language.

The Growth Mindset

A growth mindset is the opposite of a fixed mindset. People with a growth mindset are usually optimistic. They believe one can develop his/her talent through determination, hard work, and learning.

For example, someone who does not know how to sing can determine to learn how to sing and become a very good singer. Also, those with a growth mindset can learn different languages irrespective of their age and perform well at it.

Dweck puts it as;

“Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships.”

Carol Dweck

It is beneficial for everyone to possess a growth mindset in any chosen field. Follow the mindset series on this blog posts and prepare yourself for the entrepreneurship training. Examine the courses here.

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