Growth mindset. 🙂
It’s been several years since I last discussed Growth Mindset on the blog, and I’m still just as moved by the topic.
Currently reading Pivot by Jenny Blake, a former Googler when this passage got me thinking:
“Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The Psychology of Success, discovered in her research that the most successful people are those with a growth mindset. These are people who believe that their basic qualities are things they can cultivate through their efforts, rather than believing their gifts (or lack of them) are fixed traits. The truth, Dweck says, is that brains and talent are just the starting point. “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,” Dweck writes. “This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.”
-Jenny Blake, Pivot (website)
Choice is in our hands.
Limitations exist, yet we are the creators.
“Boy these people really like to draw around here”
– My mother in response to all of LA’s street art 😉
“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.” – Jenny Blake
“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.”
I like this HBR article’s interpretation of a growth mindset:
“Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts). This is because they worry less about looking smart and they put more energy into learning. When entire companies embrace a growth mindset, their employees report feeling far more empowered and committed; they also receive far greater organizational support for collaboration and innovation.”
Growing the mind is like any other task. With thought and time, it increases.
Think success, be success.
Happy Fall, ya’ll! Fall right in to your next great accomplishment.