Growth Mindset and Failure

Growth Mindset VS Fixed Mindset

You get a letter in the mail, its from your dream college, the college everyone in your family went to, you are refused admittance. You could always try other colleges, but this college is your dream and everyone in your family expects you to get in this college. Would you try again until you get in or just give up and accept defeat. If you chose try again until you succeed then that would mean you have a growth mindset. A growth mindset is when you view failure as an opportunity to try again. If you chose the latter where you give up and accept defeat, then that would mean you have a fixed mindset. A fixed mindset is when you view failure as something you cannot achieve, that you cannot possibly get smarter as if you've reached your intelligence limit. Having a growth mindset is very rare in people nowadays since as kids we tend to give up more often, and this tends to shape our mindsets.

Children can be taught to have a growth mindset, by it becoming more of a habit and then their way of thinking. An example of someone who has a growth mindset is Albert Einstein, the genius who changed modern physics. Einstein is a good example of someone with a growth mindset because he never gave up, no matter what. He did not speak until he was four and could not read until he was seven, this caused his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped, slow, and antisocial. This eventually got him expelled from school and rejected admission to the Zurich Polytechnic School. But now many of you can agree that Albert Einstein caught up in the end, winning the Nobel prize and proving his teachers and parents wrong.

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The Reason Why Most of Us Don't Have A Growth Mindset

"Why," you think, "Why don't I have a Growth Mindset? It would help me so much with school and my long term goals." This is not only one person who asks this question to themselves, in fact there's many kids and even adults who ask themselves this question. Ever hear that little voice in your head that says, "Hey, if you try to do something, you could possibly fail and then you will be labeled a failure." This is an affect of having a growth mindset.

The main reason why most of us have a fixed mindset is because we have been taught as a kid to view failure as something we can't do. Also in sports, kids are taught to do whatever to win and are mostly faced with overwhelming pressure. Having a fixed mindset when your older is usually an affect from when your a kid, because as a kid, you feel more insecure and failure makes a big impact in your future.

Many of you have probably heard of Walt Disney, the creator of all little kids dreams, who had faced so many adversities on the way to success. Disney was fired from a newspaper editor because "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas". After that he started numerous businesses but they all closed down due to bankruptcy and failure, but now he has many theme parks, movies, and merchandise all over the world! Walt Disney finally found success through having a growth mindset.

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Failure VS Gropwth Mindset

Problems with giving up to much and being able to achieve a task? When you think of failure in the long run, it actually helps us become successful. Giving up may sound very easy but it has its limits, whereas persistence and not giving up helps you in the future. If your the kind of person who fails and gives up upon failing once, but still expects success, then this article may help you overcome the obstacles in your path to success.

Most people give up when they fail because they feel they can't do it and that they're not intelligent enough to achieve this task. This is what a fixed mindset is, to overcome giving up you need to have a growth mindset. A growth mindset is when you view failure as another opportunity to try again and achieve your goal. It is a proven study that students with a growth mindset are more efficient then students with a fixed mindset. Something that helps people not give up is motivation, because motivation inspires us to move forward and to keep going.

Many famous actors and singers had to keep on trying and not give up to get where they are now. For an example, many of you have heard of Elvis Presley who was told by the concert hall manager, that he was better off driving trucks, which was his former career. Now he is known as one of the leading rock and roll legends in American rock history. Try having a growth mindset, you have nothing to lose, if anything you'll gain.

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How To Change Your Mindset: Growth Mindset From Having a Fixed Mindset

Sick and tired of giving up and viewing failure as something you cannot do, or do you just want to actually achieve your future goals without downgrading yourself? To change all of these you'll have to adapt to having a growth mindset which is the key to success. You need to be motivated to continuously try again and again until you succeed your goal. Some steps that will you achieve this are....

STEP 1: When trying to reach your goal the first time, try your hardest, because if you don't succeed at first, at-least you'll know that did your best. The main reason most people give up is because they don't want to be labeled as a failure. Also its because they feel they have an intelligence capacity so they think that however smart they are now, is going to be how smart they are will be for the rest of their life.

Step 2: Ignore that little voice in your head!! Before doing a presentation in class or giving out ideas in class, you hear that voice that says something along the lines of.."Your never going to be able to succeed, so you might as well drop out now, to avoid people thinking your limited." Know that you can try again and succeed, that little voice is just an obstacle in your path to success!

Step 3: Try to think back to possible places where you might've gone wrong in. Improve them, it will help you in the long run.

Step 4: Try again and again until you succeed, it will make you feel better about being successful in your other future goals.

Hopefully these steps helps you to achieve your goals and not give up. Whether you reach your goal or not, remember if you have a growth mindset, you'll feel better about all difficulties and obstacles throughout your life.

What's The Difference Between a Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset?

Probally, many of you've never even heard of a growth mindset or a fixed mindset until now, because it's something that we all have but we just don't pay attention to it since it's a part of our personality. These two mind sets are what shape our future and determine how successful we'll be throughout our life. What they have in common is that they are both perspectives of failure and we all have one but they are different in more ways than they are similar.

A fixed mindset is what stops us from achieving our goals and showing our talent to others, it makes us feel insecure about what others think of us and how they label us. As kids we hated doing anything that we had share with others like presentations, which caused us to have stage fright and low self esteem. A growth mindset is something that makes us feel confident in our dreams and goals, it helps us achieve them too. Not many people have a growth mindset whereas much more people have a fixed mindset. Even though having a fixed mindset is more common, that doesn't make it better than a growth mindset because a fixed mindset is what prevents us from being successful. Overthinking and stage fright are few of the many elements of a fixed mindset we have encountered throughout our lives.

An example of someone who has a fixed mindset is me because every time I fail once, I give up automatically, and do something else. I sometimes try again but if I don't succeed the second time, I get frustrated and quit. Also in class when we have do presentations or talk in front of the class, I freeze up and can't stop thinking about what other people are thinking about me. I act like I'm carefree but really all I can possibly think about is how others think about me. An example of someone with a growth mindset is Thomis Edison, who was told by his teachers as a child that he was to stupid to learn anything. Later on he went on to hold over 1000 patents including the phonograph and practical electric lamp. This shows how people with a growth mindset deal with discouragement and prove people wrong versus people who just give up.

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