EP31 – Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset
In this episode, Anton and Ola discuss the difference in the growth mindset and fixed mindset.
It was only a couple of weeks ago Ola mentioned the difference after coming across Carol Dweck research and as a result clarity was made in understanding people who are settled in life and those who want to do and be more.
Firstly what is a mindset?
A mindset is the way we view the world and ourselves often shaped by our childhood experience.
It is interesting to know that our experiences shape us into the adults that we are today. Although the above may be true we all have the power to learn, adapt and change our behaviour and mindset.
So what’s this Growth vs Fixed Mindset thing?
It’s a term first coined by Carol Dweck who established a difference in mindset and how children mindset is shaped by experiences and interaction with adults
She stated that the language spoken to a youngster is important, rather than discouraging them we should look at changing our terminology. For example, if a child fails at something use the term “No Yet” and contribute their failures to them not being ready right now.
It easy to understand how childhood experience can manifest into adult life, and why sometimes avoid difficult situations to avoid being in difficult situations.
So are you going to have a race with Usain Bolt?
Yes – I’m willing to take the L and learn from the experience.
Nah I know I won’t win so what’s the point!
What mindset are you?
- Are you a Fixed mindset?
It is believed that a fixed mindset is an individual who believes their characteristic and skills are innate and fixed.
A person who believes they are a finished product and nothing can be changed, they are often risk-averse and don’t take on criticism from others.
- Are you a Growth Mindset?
You are a believer in learning and trying new things, you understand experience is what shapes you and you will take an L often.
Perhaps we can have a mixture of the two.
For example, Ola is mostly a growth mindset person but there are moments when he will revert to his fixed mindset. He explains this as he talks about a recent job opportunity that he decided not to apply.
What can we do to improve?
- Have a willingness to learn
- Allow yourself to be teachable
- Take your opportunities
- Be open to criticism and don’t shut them down
- Self-aware – Question yourself – “why am I behaving this way?”
- Believe in yourself
- Look around you and identify people have achieved
- Learn how to turn your failures into lessons
Growth is like a plant, it starts off as a small seed but if you nature it well it will grow. Allow yourself to grow from a plant into a forest.
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