Do you have a fixed mindset, or a growth mindset?

grow-73354_1280This is the important question that Carol Dweck asks in her book Mindset: You can fulfil your potential.

So what are the two mindsets?

Those with a fixed mindset believe that their abilities such as intelligence are innate and set in stone.  They have a need to constantly prove themselves and will avoid situations where there is a risk that they will be perceived as failing or inadequate.

By contrast, the growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities can be cultivated and developed over time through learning and practise.  Those who possess the growth mindset have a passion for stretching and testing themselves and are motivated to continuously improve their performance.

In her book, Dweck looks at how to cultivate the growth mindset in ourselves and others, using examples from the classroom, the boardroom and the sportsfield.

It is a must read for anyone wanting to boost their own performance, or that of their team or business.


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