Your mindset can affect everything in your life. From school to work to relationships, a fixed mindset limits you and a growth mindset offers possibilities.
Abilities are not fixed and aren’t determined at birth. If you are willing to put in the work, you can become great at almost anything. A fixed mindset accepts that some people are good at some things and they can’t choose which ones. But if that doesn’t satisfy you, then you probably have a growth mindset.
If you have a fixed mindset, you are more likely to get in your own way. You’re afraid of failure and think of new challenges as too risky. Rather than put yourself out there, you don’t even try.
A growth mindset lets you accept failure as part of the experience. You learn your lessons and adjust, allowing for continued development and future success. But you’re not looking for accolades. You’re looking for improvement and constantly challenging yourself to get better.
You can change from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. Although your mindset is molded by your childhood influences, there are opportunities to change your behaviors. It takes work, but adopting a growth mindset is worth it.
About the Author
Carol Dweck is the Lewis and Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Prior to joining Stanford, she worked at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the University of Illinois.
Dweck’s work combines social psychology, developmental psychology, and personality psychology. Her research analyzes how people think of themselves. Dweck evaluates the role that self-conception plays in motivational behavior and personality traits.
Dr. Dweck has written and contributed to numerous books on the subject of the human self and mindset. Her goal is to provide better insight into the impacts that self-conception has on interpersonal processes and personal achievements.