Mulling Over The Meaning Of Mindsets

We’ve officially entered into summer in the northern hemisphere. The longest day of the year is behind us. However, there are many more long, lazy day ahead of us in which to ponder our personal and business goals.

In my quiet times, I’ve been doing some thinking about mindsets, which led me to do some research on the meaning of the word. And, of course, I had to follow a trail that led me to a book by Carol S. Dweck entitled, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

What I found out from perusing the Mindset website is that Dweck has identified two mindsets. One is a fixed mindset. The other is a growth mindset. She points out that mindset  when you consider mindset, “It’s not always the people who start out the smartest who end up the smartest.”

In a fixed mindset, Dweck points out that, “people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success – without effort.”

The growth mindset is completely different. As Dweck discovered in her research, the growth mindset “people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard word – brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.”

I can remember a time when my mindset could definitely be defined as fixed. I am thrilled to report that has changed dramatically. I can mostly be defined as having a growth mindset. However, I can slip into the fixed mindset in some areas. I’ll be doing more reading on this topic this summer. Who knows what else I’ll discover. I’ll be sure to share!

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