Thursday, March 25, 2010


There are two different mindsets:

The Fixed Mindset and the Growth Mindset.

 A person with a fixed mindset views their talents and abilities as fixed – unchangeable. A mistake means that these attributes are somehow flawed. People with a fixed mindset go through life avoiding failure and challenge. If an error is made they are quick to hide it or blame others rather than learn from the experience. If something is ‘too hard’ they won’t try. Anything less than perfect is viewed as a personal flaw. Therefore, a fixed mindset limits people and holds them back.
People with a growth mindset, however, see themselves as a work in progress. They believe that they can continually enhance their intelligence, abilities and competence through effort and practice. They view challenges as learning opportunities. Failure is merely an opportunity to learn and grow. Therefore people with a growth mindset actively seek challenges even at the risk of appearing less than perfect.
A growth mindset is about learning how to compete against oneself. Having a growth mindset leads to much higher rates of achievement and happiness.

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