In Mindset, Carol Dweck looks at how we can achieve our goals by changing our mindset. She discusses the difference between people with a fixed mindset and those with a growth mindset, and how this determines how we deal with tough situations and setbacks.
What does the book say?
Our mindset tells us whether we think we can grow and learn, or not.
There are two types of mindset:
- Fixed – who believe they are naturally gifted at doing some things, and truly incapable of doing others.
- Growth – who believe they can become experts at anything if they try hard enough.
People with a growth mindset continually improve throughout their lives, while people with a fixed mindset are held back by their minds. If they fail at something, rather than learn, they blame others.
Because those with a fixed mindset are quick to judge themselves and others as being intrinsically good or bad at something, they assume they are being judged in the same way.
Thus they constantly seek approval and err away from doing anything they're not currently good at.
What actions can I take?
Change your self-talk. Instead of blaming yourself when something goes wrong, look to see how you can improve for next time.
A fixed mindset isn't easy to change, but through time and effort, your mindset can gradually improve.
Remember: The growth mindset is the key to a fulfilled life.