Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset

A mindset popularized by Carol Dweck, a psychologist at Stanford. There are two mindsets she described:

  • Growth Mindset – You believe that you can learn new skills and grow with effort.
  • Fixed Mindset – You believe you don’t and can’t change much. Either you are good at something, or you aren’t. Period.

In Parenting, Organizations, and in Life, there are many benefits to the Growth Mindset.

  • More Resilience
  • Higher self-confidence
  • Increase in satisfaction and wellness
  • Avoids blame and victimization

To encourage this in yourself and others:

  • Understand that skill is a result of effort
  • Accept that failure is a part of progress
  • Do not reward accomplishments alone, rather reward the effort and growth involved in the process

Activity:

  1. Pick a hobby you have always wanted to learn, but were “bad at.” (eg: art, language, writing, cooking, etc)
  2. Adopt a Growth Mindset and tell yourself you can learn.
  3. Pick a duration of time you will try out the hobby. Eg: 3 months
  4. Try the hobby and enjoy working at it, even if you feel “bad” at it.
  5. Reassess at the end of your time interval: Does the hobby make you happy/increase satisfaction? If so, keep at it. Reflect: Did you learn something new?

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