“This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although people may differ in every which way in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments, everyone can change and grow through application and experience.” ~Carol Dweck

People typically fall into two categories, those with a fixed mindset and those with a growth mindset. People with fixed mindsets believe that their intelligence and talents are static. They are the ones that would turn down a managerial position because they feel they are not qualified to do it or would be reluctant to send in their resume because they don’t have the qualifications. Those with a growth mindset, on the other hand, would send in their resume regardless of whether they are qualified or not.

Having a growth mindset means that you understand that you can thrive on challenges and you see failure as a springboard to developing your abilities. It means that you can grow your talents and intelligence.

There are several ways to develop a growth mindset:

  1. View failure in a different light

Failure isn’t who you are as a human being. Start to see failure as a pathway to success. Remember to learn from every failure and see how you can do better in your next attempt.

  1. Become a curious learner

Ask questions even if you think you know the answers; you might learn a new method of doing something. Be hungry for new knowledge and decide to learn something new every day. Be open to learning from anyone without assuming you know more than they do.

  1. Embrace challenges

People with fixed mindsets always shy away from challenges. To develop a growth mindset, you have to understand that challenges are landmarks on the path to success and they propel you out of your comfort zone and towards meeting your goals.

  1. Be tenacious

Being able to hold on and not give up is an essential quality to becoming unstoppable. What separates novices from champions is tenacity, without it one will slip and fall to the lowest level.

  1. Be intentional about getting feedback

When you have a growth mindset, seeking out feedback is akin to looking for a new challenge.

  1. Quit constantly looking for approval

Don’t spend all your time trying to seek someone’s approval. Instead, focus on your growth and on learning.

  1. Enjoy the process not just the reward

Don’t be overly focused on results, even though the feeling of achieving your desired results is great. Instead, focus on the process. This way, you won’t get frustrated even if you don’t achieve the desired results and you are more aware of areas that you need to improve on.

  1. Seek for help

If you are struggling in an area, ask for help from someone more skilled in that area, whom you can trust to show you the ropes.

  1. Learn from the mistakes of others

Read or listen to other people who have walked the path you are trying to walk. Learn as much as you can from them. Be careful not to compare yourself to them but to see them as people who have weaknesses just like you.

  1. Always set goals

You should always have a goal you are trying to meet. Once you have achieved a goal, set another one.

A growth mindset removes limits to what an individual can achieve. When you start to change the way you think, act and learn, there is no limit to the things that you can achieve. Do you have a growth mindset?


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