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There are two types of mindsets when it comes to the way we learn and grow, fixed mindset and growth mindset. Professor and Researcher Carol Dweck created the concept of growth mindset, which is a perception of “Self Theory.” The importance of growth mindset is to change the way you feel about challenges in life. Learning to have a growth mindset is important to live a more positive life.
A fixed mindset is when an individual thinks they do not need to learn and grow anymore than they already have. It often means that people think its pure talent that causes success, not effort. With a fixed mindset, mistakes are seen as failures and this causes people to not want to learn at all. It is also very easy for people with fixed mindsets to compare themselves to others and constantly be looking for approval.
People with a growth mindset see challenges and difficulties as a way to improve and grow. Having a growth mindset can take practice, but can be very beneficial for everyone. With a growth mindset you are more likely to try difficult tasks and put in more effort. When it comes to failing, you will see it as a way to improve your abilities for next time, instead of giving up and getting stuck in that negative feeling of ‘failure.’
How can you work on achieving a growth mindset?
There are so many benefits to changing your mindset and being open to growth. You can open yourself up to new opportunities, learn from new experiences and enjoy the process along the way. Having a growth mindset is something that you need to work at and learn. It is important for children to focus on this mindset as it can open them up to so many possibilities as they grow and learn through life. It is never too late to start embracing growth and changing your mindset. As Carol Dweck says in her Ted talk, it’s not failure, you just haven’t achieved it YET.
DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GROWTH MINDSET?
CHECK OUT CAROL DWECKS TED TALK: THE POWER OF BELIEVING THAT YOU CAN IMPROVE
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