Replacing “talent” with “growth mindset”
Growth mindset is a term coined by Carol Dweck, PhD, one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation. The idea is that when you have a growth mindset, you focus on your efforts to improve and succeed rather than the results.
Dweck’s research centers on why people succeed and foster success. In her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Dweck explains that people with a fixed mindset often don’t believe in effort. With a fixed mindset, failure means you aren’t smart or talented. In a growth mindset world, your efforts, not the results of them, make you smart and talented.
Effort through self-development, no matter what stage of life you’re in, will allow you to grow toward success and happiness. You are not doomed to fail because you weren’t born with talent or because you lost some ability due to a chronic disease or accident.
By taking on a growth mindset, you close the gap between who you are being and who you are becoming, moment to moment, small changes, EVENTUALLY add to big differences.
I want to point out that those who have a growth mindset certainly don’t believe that everyone can become anything. Without proper motivation or education, no one can become Einstein or Beethoven. But a diligent, patient, and persistent effort will get you where you want to go.
The only way you can know how much you can grow is by taking action. Thinking won’t suffice.
Fixed mindset vs growth mindset
Someone with a fixed mindset believes:
Intelligence and talent are set in stone.
Their self-worth is tied to outcomes.
There’s no point in going outside their comfort zone.
It’s better to avoid failure.
Someone with a growth mindset believes:
Gifts or talent you’re born with are just a starting point.
It’s important to commit to the process and effort.
It’s crucial to step outside of your comfort zone.
Failing is a stepping stone.
Here are some examples of fixed vs growth mindset statements:
Fixed mindset: “I’m afraid to try new things because I might fail.”
Growth mindset: “I’m excited to try new things and learn from the potential of successes and failures.“
Fixed mindset: “I can’t do it, why bother attempting.“
Growth mindset: “I might face challenges, but I believe in my ability to learn and improve through practice and being persistent.”
Fixed mindset: “I’ve never been a creative person.”
Growth mindset: “I can develop my creativity by exploring new ideas and practicing creative activities.”
Remember, that which you focus on grows…Effort + Persistence = Growth