What is mindset? So, the google definition of mindset is “the established set of attitudes held by someone”.
This definition is a bit confusing to me because attitudes makes it sound like a way of behaving or acting. Mindset as I understand it is more about beliefs. The beliefs we have about ourselves, our talents, abilities, personality and intelligence for example. It’s the way we believe we are.
There are 2 different types of mindset:
- Some people have a fixed mindset. They believe that the way they are – their traits, talents and abilities etc, is literally just the way they are. They do not believe they can change or affect it. They believe that they were born that way, with the brains and talents they have and that’s that. “Aint nothing gonna change it!!”
- The second type of people have what is known as a growth mindset. These folks see their talents, skills and qualities as things that can be developed and improved upon. They understand that anyone who ever accomplished great things, did so through dedication, effort and learning. Even those who were so – called ‘born with it’ still had to work hard to actually get the job done!
Robert Sternberg who is described as ‘the present – day guru of intelligence’ explains that the major reason that some people become super skilled in any area “is not due to some fixed prior ability, but purposeful engagement”. Basically, it’s not always the people who start out the smartest who end up the smartest. Rather, it’s the people who do the work to change, learn and grow that get the results they dream of.
In finishing this, I love this summary from mindsetonline of why mindset is so important and specifically, why it just makes so mush sense to focus on growing it rather than fighting to keep it fixed.
“You can see how the belief that cherished qualities can be developed created a passion for learning. Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better? Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.”
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