Why you should develop the growth mindset, instead of the fixed mindset

I found the knowledge of growth mindset when I was watching a Ted talk, and then I fall in love with this conception. It is the voice telling me that everything can be changed and improved if I adopt this methodology and take actions accordingly, then my brain will adopt it too, over time, I will become better and even better.

Credit to
Stanford Alumni

Professor Carol Dweck shared her knowledge, thoughts and facts in her book<Mindset: The New Psychology of Success >, which I will share with you here with my personal views. This mindset is applicable to all of us, no matter you are a student, parent, employee or boss, and no matter which field you are in. But the most applied area is in education currently, where the next generation is nurtured and apparently they are the pillar of our future.

So what is the growth mindset? The growth mindset believes that our ability and performance can be improved if we work hard and willing to face challenges, and it also believes that there is no born genius unless they work hard. But in reality, people always see the superficial part of being successful or rich, then forget about how hard they have been working to lead them to a high position and being rich. Hence, those people developed a fixed mindset, which is the opposite of a growth mindset, which is a mindset that believes that the ability is fixed no matter how hard you are working, so most of them refused to change and did not accept changes or challenges at all.

What impressed me in her book is she mentioned that in our parenting practice, we can hear a lot from some parents saying that my kid is so smart and intelligent and this thought penetrated in the kid’s mind, which makes them think they are smarter than others, over time, they don’t work hard and get bad performance. While if parents praise their kids in the process then the kid will know that only hard work can make them smart. Once more, there is no born genius, as Albert Einstein said that “Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work”, so stop praising your kids being smart but their efforts to make things happen and succeed. Neither should you envy your counterparts being so successful, but working hard to achieve a better self.

Praise should deal, not with the child’s personality attributes, but with his efforts and achievements.

Carol Dweck

As a boss, it is also important to have a growth mindset internally and externally, especially in teamwork. A leader should believe in the employee’s growth and create trust and a non-judgment working environment. When there are mistakes, leaders should help employees to think and learn from mistakes instead of punishing and judging. ‘It is a change from a judge-and-be-judged framework to a learn-and-help-learn framework’. Extracted from the book.

As far as I can see, the growth mindset is to believe in changes and efforts, in our Chinese, we say that luck always favors those people who work hard with a dedicated mind. The last piece of advice from Carol is going to make a concrete growth-oriented plan and stick to it.

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