In her excellent, book: Mindset, The New Psychology of Success – How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential: Get it here. Carol Dweck, Stanford University psychologist in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea-the power of our mindset. Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. The major difference between the two is as follows, Carol writes:
“The growth-minded athletes, CEOs, musicians, or scientists all loved what they did, whereas many of the fixed-minded ones did not. Many growth-minded people didn’t even plan to go to the top. They got there as a result of doing what they love. It’s ironic: The top is where the fixed-mindset people hunger to be, but it’s where many growth-minded people arrive as a by-product of their enthusiasm for what they do. This point is also crucial. In the fixed-mindset, everything is about the outcome. If you fail—or if you’re not the best—it’s all been wasted. The growth mindset allows people to value what they’re doing regardless of the outcome.”
“Is it ability or mindset? Was it Mozart’s musical ability or the fact that he worked till his hands were deformed? Was it Darwin’s scientific ability or the fact that he collected specimens non-stop from early childhood?”
“People with the growth mindset know that it takes time for potential to flower.” ~ Carol S. Dweck, PhD.
So how has the growth-minded mindset been viewed over the centuries, here are a few of my favourite sayings:
1. Out there on the edge, that is where we discover what we love to do. What it is that we really want to spend our time on.
2. What happens to the hundreds, even thousands of children’s mindset who were going to be astronauts when they grow up and that of the rare few that actually make it: How Far I’ll Go.
3. The yellow ones say it all.
4. As long as you really believe 100 per cent, another way of saying doing something you love: I Believe In Miracles.
5. First attempt in Learning, Forever Acquiring Important Lessons, First Action in Learning equals your flaws.
6. My group is called the Warriors of Love, brought together by my mentor Arion Light to spread Essence work around the globe: Essence.
7. Did you see that chance fly by? No sorry, it isn’t part of my growth mindset.
8. Definitely, from the land of the growth mindset, a challenge may not exist as a concept in Fixed Mindset land: Hey World, Don’t Give Up.
9. “Every child needs someone to be crazy about them.” These are the words of Salome Thomas-EL, award-winning teacher and principal, and nationally recognized educator. They shape his life-long commitment to answering the question, “How do we ensure that every child achieves their greatest potential?” This question lies at the heart of the national dialogue on education policy, the day in and day out work of school personnel, and the hopes of every parent. Central to this challenge is how we succeed with children who are facing the most serious barriers to success: poverty, violence, neglect, and low expectations.
10. It’s easier to master when it is truly doing what you love: #that Power.
11. Everything, your body is not deaf, like we think it is at times.
12. They have growth mindsets, they came out as someone’s bundle of joy just like the rest of us: Not Afraid.
13. From Carol, three amazing important W questions to ask yourself each day.
14. Beep, Stop-Go: I am not my Hair!!
15. Obstacles, challenges, mistakes, frustrations, etc. etc. , all part of life.
What is the danger of the fixed mindset? If you are stuck in this mindset it can get us in (a lot of!) trouble. Let’s take a quick look at the “growth mindset”: “In this mindset, the hand you’re dealt is just the starting point for development. The growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although people may differ in every which way—in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments—everyone can change and grow through application and experience.”
Some rock rhythms in today’s playlist. It begins with a soundtrack hit from Alessia Cara, then Hot Chocolate have us believe in miracles. We then rock it out with Lucinda Williams and Michaele Frente. Then pop from this century with Will.I.Am, an Eminem anthem finishing with India.Arie: If at First, you don’t Succeed, You’re Normal
Namaste until next time, my dear friends.