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Growth Mindset Game-Changer

Source |  |  BY:Chris Dalton, Chris Dalton is the founder of Empowered Achievers, a professional development and coaching business

Have you harnessed the power of the growth mindset? If you haven’t heard of that term before, I promise this read is well worth your time. Learning about the growth mindset has fundamentally changed my outlook on life, and I know it can do the same for you.

The growth mindset is based on the studies of Dr. Carol Dweck, a Stanford professor, and outlined in her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. In the book she discusses her studies of children who are tasked with solving a puzzle. The experimenters talk up to the kids how difficult the puzzle is, and an interesting thing happens: one group of the kids say that they don’t want to even try the puzzle, and the other segment says “Oh goody, I can’t wait!”. They ask for more and more puzzles, with a voracious appetite for challenge and stimulation. What Dr. Dweck discovers is that these groups are representative of two different mindsets in life: the growth and the fixed mindset.

In the fixed mindset, people believe they have a finite amount of something, such as intelligence. They don’t think that intelligence grows and changes — you either have it or you don’t. The issue with living in a fixed mindset is that once your “fixed capacity” reaches its limit, that’s it; you’re toast. You’ll hear these fixed people saying or thinking things along the lines of “well, I guess algebra is where my math skills end; I’m no good at calculus”. Once they hit a stumbling block, they give up.


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