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What's your mindset?

By: Akshay Murali

What's a growth mindset and how do you get one?

If you do not know what a growth mindset is, you need to know because it is important to have one. A growth mindset is one where you are striving to learn and you think intelligence and talent are not fixed traits. It is not a mindset where you think talent is something you are born with. In a growth mindset, you learn from criticism instead of being afraid of failure. Also, you see effort as a path to mastery and you persist in the face of setbacks. For instance, you do things such as embracing challenges and you are not afraid of failure. You should try to turn into a growth mindset to accomplish more goals in a lifetime. In a fixed mindset, many people have fixed traits and and they give up easily.

To turn into a growth mindset, there are many steps. First, you have to learn to hear your fixed mindset “voice” meaning that as you approach a challenge, that voice might say to you “Are you sure you can do it? Maybe you don’t have the talent.” “What if you fail then you’ll be a failure” “People will laugh at you for thinking you had talent.” “If you don’t try, you can protect yourself and keep your dignity.” The second step to getting a growth mindset is to recognize that you have a choice that you can interpret challenges, setbacks and criticism in any way. Talk back to the fixed mindset voice with a growth mindset voice. For example, the growth mindset voice might say, “Are you sure you can do it because you don't have the talent?” While you respond to that with the growth mindset voice by saying, “I can learn to do it with time and effort.” The last thing to do to convert your mindset is to take on the challenges wholeheartedly and have a conviction, learn from your setbacks and try again, and hear the criticism and act on it is now in your hands.

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Get helped with a Growth Mindset

The growth mindset is a mindset caused by persisting in the face of setbacks, changing intelligence, and changing talents. But a fixed mindset can cause you to avoid experiences where you might feel like a failure. This mindset can let to low self esteem because it is fixed and you would feel like you can not learn anything. With a growth mindset, you will always keep your confidence up and use failure as a tool. For example, if you say, “I’m not a math person” then that belief acts as an easy excuse to avoid practicing math. The fixed mindset prevents you from failing in the short run, but in the long run it hinders your ability to learn, grow, and develop new skills. The benefits of a growth mindset might seem obvious, but most of us are guilty of having a fixed mindset in certain situations. That can be dangerous because a fixed mindset can often prevent important skill development and growth, which could sabotage your health and happiness down the line. On the other side, with a growth mindset that causes you to not be idle it can help you to try harder helps you accomplish lifelong goals and it also helps to not overspend time on petty things.

So the solution to failure is getting a growth mindset because it can boost your resolve and will not fail you in the long run. Many successful people in the world have growth mindsets and that helps them come up with good ideas. Also, when students and educators have a growth mindset, they understand that intelligence can be developed. Students focus on improvement instead of worrying about how smart they are.

Growth VS Fixed Mindset

In the real world, there are only two major types of mindsets, the growth mindset, and the fixed mindset. In the growth mindset, as Carol Dweck (Professor of Psychology at Stanford University) says, “People believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. Brains and talent are just the starting point.” In a fixed mindset, “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.” These two mindsets are different because people with a growth mindset will grow and strive to learn more while people with fixed mindsets would only focus on their current intelligence or talent. There are also similarities, these mindsets are both found in different people around the world. They are also the two types of major mindsets. So you either have a fixed mindset or an extremely different growth mindset. Research shows that many people believe that they are a growth mindset but 73% of the world has a fixed mindset. A fixed mindset might want people to easily give up while a growth mindset forces people to break through obstacles and it can cause adversity. Also, a person with a fixed mindset would think failure is horrible and unexpected while a growth mindset would think failure is the courage to continue. Some people with fixed mindsets would be embarrassed to work hard while a person with a growth mindset would think working hard can lead to learning new things. So next time you come to a challenge don't avoid it, embrace it. Persist despite obstacles and see effort as a path to mastery. Do not quit on the way to your dreams and do not think your intelligence is fixed because a fixed mindset will hurt you and cause you to yield as a growth mindset could get you more eloquence and lead you to persevere towards your lifelong dreams so you can triumph more.

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