by Carol S. Dweck
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"I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures... I divide the world into the learners and non-learners."
Mindsets are just beliefs; powerful ones, but they’re just something in your mind, and you can change them.
Just by being aware of the two mindsets (fixed and growth), you can start thinking and reacting in different ways. It’s also important to realize that even if people have a fixed mindset, they’re not always in that mindset. Many people have elements of both.
The growth mindset shows that people can change, but it doesn’t tell you how much change is possible or how long change will take.
The growth mindset also doesn’t mean everything that can be changed should be changed. We all need to accept some of our imperfections, especially the ones that don’t really harm our lives or the lives of others.
People with a fixed mindset usually say the ideal partner would:
People with the growth mindset hope their ideal partner is someone who would:
When people with a fixed mindset usually try to prove that they’re special. The problem is when special begins to mean better than others.
People who believe in fixed traits feel an urgency to succeed, and when they do succeed, they feel and display a sense of superiority because their victory means that they (and their traits) are better than the rest of the people.
From the point of view of the fixed mindset, effort is only for people with deficiencies. Needing it casts a shadow on your ability.
Effort also leaves you with no excuses. Without effort, you can always say, “I could have been ...” But once you try, you can’t say that anymore.
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