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The fixed mindset and entitlement

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.

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  • The fixed mindset says that tests or experts can tell us what our potential is, what we’re capable of, what our future will be: you can simply measure the fixed ability right now and project it into the future.
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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...

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 imper...

  • The growth mindset is the belief that abilities can be cultivated through effort. Everyone can change and grow through application and experience. 
  • This is the mindset that allows people to succeed during challenging times.
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  • Having a fixed mindset means believing that your qualities are carved in stone. This creates an urgency to prove yourself all the time.
  • People with a fixed mindset expect ability to show up on its own before any learning takes place.
  • Some of...

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, y...

People with a fixed mindset usually say the ideal partner would:

  • Put them on a pedestal.
  • Make them feel perfect.
  • Worship them.

People with the growth mindset hope their ideal partner is someone who would:

  • See thei...

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1.1 The Two Mindsets

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A. The Fixed Mindset

Our view of ourselves can determine everything. If we believe that our qualities are unchangeable — the fixed mindset — we will want to prove ourselves correct over and over...

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Mindsets drive what leaders do and why they do it. 

Two different leaders might face the same situation but respond to it very differently. One leader might see the case as threatening, whereas the other leader might see it as an opportunity.

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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.

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