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Fixing the growing world with different mindsets

What are the two most important mindsets?

Why do people differ? What is it that makes a person act differently? Why are some people more intelligent than other? Mindsets are the answer. Robert Sternberg, author of Successful Intelligence say that there are 2 different mindsets. “Believing that your qualities are carved in stone—the fixed mindset—creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over”, is stated by Robert Sternberg. He also says,”If you have only a certain amount of intelligence, a certain personality, and a certain moral character, well then you’d better prove that you have a healthy dose of them” This is what researchers call a fixed mindset. In a fixed mindset you never excel at anything. There are two different types of people that have this mindset. For example, a person that has a fixed mindset always thinks that they are better than everyone else. People that have this type mindset usually try to prove their intelligence wherever they can. From school to any sports class, they always think that they excelled enough. Another person that has this mindset is a person that doesn’t believe that they can excel and always gives up on anything new they try. Characteristics of this person is that they feel lonely or don’t have any encouragement. Robert Sternberg describes another mindset when he states, “is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts” He also says that by having this mindset “everyone can change and grow through application and experience”. This is called a growth mindset. In a growth mindset people use whatever they have learned from past experiences to help them in the future. They persevere through all obstacles they face to help them excel. People that have this mindset are eager for learning and never waste this opportunity. For instance, a student that always learns new things even when he fails the tests that has been given to him. These people always have persistence and perseverance to have this growth mindset.

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Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset

How is a fixed mindset similar to a growth mindset? How are they different? The greatest disparity between these two types of mindsets is that one stays the same and the other develops despite the challenges it faces. The fixed mindset greatly differs from a growth mindset. A fixed mindset has a desire to be smart and then usually leads to be giving up on challenges, doesn’t put effort on anything in which he could achieve success, and ignores useful negative feedback. Sometimes, when others achieve success, a fixed mindset might feel threatened and even might want to make them feel pain because of him/her not completing his/her ambition. As a result of what this mindset does to a person, they will not develop their learning and will achieve less than their true potential. A growth mindset is contradicting to a fixed mindset. Instead of avoiding challenges, a growth mindset embraces challenges and always tries to persevere through them. A growth mindset, as Carl Dweck states, “ learns from criticism, finds inspiration and lessons in the success of others, and sees effort as a path to mastery. These mindsets are complete opposites and have nothing in common. All in all, fixed mindsets are the most common and harmful mindsets that you can have and the ones with a growth mindset is the real beauty in this world.

The Steps to Change From a Fixed to a Growth Mindset

A fixed mindset is a bad mindset to have so how do you change? The first step is to hear your what type of mindset you have. If you have a mindset that you hear is like a fixed mindset, it will usually say, “Are you sure you can do it? Maybe you don’t have the talent.” and “What if you fail—you’ll be a failure” This mindset tells you that you should not lose your dignity and never try new things. If you hear this voice, then don’t worry, you could change it. The second step is to to recognize that you have a choice. As Ned Hallowell states, “How you interpret challenges, setbacks, and criticism is your choice. You can interpret them in a fixed mindset as signs that your fixed talents or abilities are lacking. Or you can interpret them in a growth mindset as signs that you need to ramp up your strategies and effort, stretch yourself.” Next, you have to hear your fixed mindset voice and respond with a growth mindset voice. When the fixed mindset voice says, “Are you sure you can do it? Maybe you don’t have the talent.” You have to respond with saying, “I’m not sure I can do it now, but I think I can learn to with time and effort.” By responding you will weaken the fixed mindset by your responses and your mindset will then understand you. Finally, take your growth mindset into action. Practice using your growth mindset to help you make better choices. In the end,with your growth mindset choices in which you control, you will have a better life.

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The Problem With Fixed MIndsets

A fixed mindset is a type of mindset that has more cons then pros. The problem with a fixed mindset is that it stops your learning by making you think that you're at your highest potential. This problem eventually ruins your chances at learning and getting a career in which you will live happily for. There is only one solution for this problem. To solve it, you need to obtain a growth mindset. With this mindset, you are using the learning and inspiration from your peer’s achievements and using it to help you in advancing. From thinking that you're the best, you will see that you can learn more than you can. In the past, there was only the thinking that you're either smart or you're not smart. To solve this issue, they made IQ tests. Whoever has a higher score, is more smarter. Researchers have then researched more and eventually in the end, they have came up with two different mindsets. So deciding who is smart or who isn’t doesn’t really define a person. It is the way they learn that defines them. With this growth mindset, people will solve many more problems and with their way of learning, they will inspire more people to be like this.

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What Causes People to Have Different Mindsets

What causes you to have a fixed mindset?What makes you think the way you are? Fixed mindsets are easily described as having a horrible mind set. Many people see that growth mindsets are the way to go. Reasons why people have a fixed mindset is because of one quote. That they think they are not good at something. This is not a brilliant idea. “ 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.” This is the effect of this mindset. A fixed mindset will also make you avoid any new experiences that you may have not liked before but you may have liked in the end. Growth mindsets are better than fixed ones. With growth mindsets, you will accept failure and learn from it. Learning from this failure will make you actually experience it and will make you realize what you did wrong this time so you can do it better the next time. An example is if someone gets a math problem wrong but is willing to try more math problems. As states, “They see failure and setbacks as an indication that they should continue developing their skills rather than a signal that indicates, ‘“This is something I’m not good at.”’ Overall, the impact that growth mindsets give is a greater and more healthier(mentally and physically) impact than fixed mindsets give.

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