The Growth Mindset and What it Means
Recently I finished reading a book called Mindset by Carol Dweck. While I found the book to be a little dry and repetitive at times, the central concept really resonated with me. If you’re unfamiliar with the idea, a growth mindset is merely having your thought process be one of growth rather than believing your personal attributes are fixed.
For example, you may think that you are unable to learn calculus because your mind does not understand it, on the contrary, you may believe that you just need to learn from your mistakes to better understand calculus. For most of my life, I have concluded that calculus was something I could never do. I had a fixed mindset. While I have no plans to learn advanced calculus at this point in my life, I do have a mindset that no longer makes me afraid to try.
I had heard of the growth mindset before reading Dweck’s book and was curious to learn more. Having a growth mindset means understanding that you can improve yourself and your relationships. When trying to find career clarity, this is an essential tool as it is very easy for those with a fixed mindset to get discouraged and feel as though they cannot achieve their goals.
How does one gain a growth mindset? Well, you just do it. Anytime you feel discouraged by something, you have to remind yourself of the potential for growth. It’s challenging at first, but as you continue to practice this mindset, you will find yourself developing a growth mindset. Having a growth mindset allows you to take advantage of all the possible ways to grow in your life and career. People around you will notice that you have a growth mindset and will be more apt to help you as they believe you will benefit from their help.
Have you ever heard of the growth mindset? What are your thoughts?
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© Mary Ann Linares