How A Growth Mindset Can Improve Your Career

How A Growth Mindset Can Improve Your Career

How many thoughts run through your head on a daily basis? These thoughts form the basis of your mindset. It can either help you reach your potential or keep you from taking on new challenges. 

Your mind is a powerful tool. It is nearly impossible to be better than your mind because you are a product of what you believe in.  What you tell your mind will prepare your body to face the new challenge of learning a new skill or backing off – what are you telling it?

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According to Carol Dweck, a fixed mindset occurs when students or individuals believe their intelligence, talents, and basic abilities are fixed. This set of individuals believe they have no power to change anything in their life hence they take everything that comes their way in good fate and never strive for more.

Moreover, the growth mindset, is a scenario whereby an individual believes their talents and abilities can be developed through hard effort and learning with persistence. These set of individuals believe everything is possible as long as you can work for it. They are tenacious and will never give up without giving a good fight.

Here is a summary of what Carol Dweck said in his research on the fixed and growth mindset;

“In a fixed mindset, students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that's that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset, students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching, and persistence. They don't necessarily think everyone's the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it. (Carol Dweck, Stanford University)”

These two mindsets play a very vital role in choosing a career path in life. The characters displayed by people with these mindsets have a lot to say about the career path they are likely to settle for – let’s take a quick look at both characters.

The Fixed Character

People with a fixed mindset tend to settle for careers that require little or no creativity. They are people who avoid challenge for fear of failure. They are of the opinion that their mindset is fixed, and cannot be changed. Fixed mindset individuals believe nothing can be done to improve the level of intelligence they were born with. People can still be successful with this mindset, but they won't meet their full potential. 

The Growth Character

People with a growth mindset tend to be more creative than those who have a fixed mindset. These set of individuals are open to learning, they are open to new skills and find it easy to adapt to any form of situation appearing in their path. They are people who approach life with a positive mindset.

Which mindset do you identify with? Even if you find yourself in a fixed mindset, you have the power to change your thinking. You can alter your mindset to see every day as an opportunity to make things work.