According to Carol S. Dweck in Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, children are eager to learn and never worry about failing.
It is only when they grow up that they don’t want to look foolish, and start defining themselves by their failures and successes.
However, the most successful people don’t worry about failing and have developed a Growth Mindset.
What is a Growth Mindset?Mindsets are just beliefs. They’re powerful beliefs, but they’re just something in your mind, and you can change your mind. - Carol S. Dweck Click To Tweet
The Growth Mindset can be applied to different areas of our lives.
Growth Mindset consists in converting your past failures into successes.
It shows us how to:
- Love and cope with failures.
- Turn failures into a learning experience.
- Cultivate your intelligence and most skills through failures and perseverance.
- Challenge and stretch yourself.
- Do your best and put forth the effort where there needs to be.
- Change the beliefs about yourself and identify your personal qualities.
- Avoid a life of regrets.
On the other hand, the Fixed Mindset limits our achievements.
The Fixed Mindset has been instilled in us, unbeknownst to us, since our tender childhood.
When you don’t have a Growth Mindset, you tend to:
- Show more depression.
- Believe that you possess fixed traits.
- Look for outside validation or for people who are worse off than you are.
- Feel an urge to succeed and to prove yourself.
How leaders grow their mindset?
Fixed Mindset leaders only hire people who can boost their ego and make them feel superior. They use their company as a display of their superiority.
They tend to compare themselves to others, to become abusive and controlling, to pick on people who perform at their best.
- Monitor your surrounding and your thought patterns. Then, understand the implications and what you can learn from your experience.
- Learn to maintain a sense of confidence and devote yourself to growing.
- Make concrete plans that you can visualize.
- Understand that your plans will fail from time to time and that you will have to develop strategies to maintain your Growth Mindset.
- Don’t hide your mistakes and don’t be defensive about it.
- Take care of your people.
- Don’t allow groupthink and allow dissenting voices to speak up.
- Don’t feel threatened by high performing employees and help your employees improve on the job.
- Ask for feedback and for more information to learn.
- Stop beating yourself up when you have failed.
- Remember that everyday is an opportunity to learn.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck is a self-help book that encourages introspection and teaches us how to develop a “Growth Mindset”.
In Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol S. Dweck shares poignant examples of people who have embraced the Growth Mindset, overcome challenges and achieved personal success.
In addition, Carol S. Dweck recaps all the ways we can be harboring a fixed mindset in our parenting, relationships and leadership.
She also asks significant questions to help us determine whether or not we have a Growth or Fixed Mindset.
I wish there were more detained and practical advice or a step by step guide on how to acquire a Growth Mindset.
Let me know below what you think about this book!
People may start with different temperaments and different aptitudes, but it is clear that experience, training, and personal effort take them the rest of the way.
Mindsets are just beliefs. They’re powerful beliefs, but they’re just something in your mind, and you can change your mind.
Even in the growth mindset, failure can be a painful experience. But it doesn’t define you. It’s a problem to be faced, dealt with, and learned from.
Real self-confidence is not reflected in a title, an expensive suit, a fancy car, or a series of acquisitions. It is reflected in your mindset: your readiness to grow.