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How a 'growth mindset' can lead to success

Passion is key to success

Passion seems to be essential for success and happiness.
Psychologists have devised tools that can measure passion to some extent. Questions were chosen that carefully differentiate passion from other experiences. Not surprisingly, people who score higher on the passion scale tend to be more committed and less likely to change jobs.

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Growth Mindset
Growth Mindset

People with a Growth Mindset believe they can grow, develop, and master whatever skills and abilities they wish in life.

They enjoy learning and overcoming challenges, working outside the comfort zone and growing.

Mindset is a belief system

It includes the ideas we have about ourselves and the world around us. 

These beliefs come from our innate dispositions, childhood experience and/or cultural/societal influence and are often entrenched.

Examine the evidence

If you believe you can’t learn new skills or change the way you work, look at the evidence that supports both your negative and positive beliefs.

This may not necessarily lead to a modification of those beliefs, but is an important start. You can use belief monitoring to keep track of your thinking.

Mindsets

Mindsets are self-conceptions that guide our actions in life. The 2 most popular mindsets are:

  • Growth Mindset: Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (with hard work and good strategies)
  • Fixed Mindset: Individuals who believe their talents are innate gifts.
Misconceptions about the “Growth mindset”
Despite being a buzzword, “Growth mindset” is still misunderstood:
  • People believe they always had it. But a “pure” growth mindset doesn’t exist, we are a mixture of the two;
  • They believe is just about praising effort. But outcomes matter and unproductive effort is never a good thing;
  • They ignore the actions needed to develop this mindset.
Geoff Colvin

“The best performers set goals that are not about the outcome but about the process of reaching the outcome.”

Geoff Colvin
The journey is the destination

We never arrive. We work hard to succeed, and then we have to work twice as hard to maintain that success.

It’s a slow grind. And it starts with our mindset.

Don’t rely on your talent

We all have some type of talent, something that sets us apart from the rest of the world. This can also be a potential trap.

Never just rely on your gift or talent alone. Work on your craft. Investigate your weaknesses and make an effort to minimize them.