Updated: Jul 12, 2020
Why do some succeed, while others fail? Is there a formula to success? How much of becoming world class is tied to fate? How much is work? How much is luck?
In her groundbreaking book, Mindset, Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck combines her decades of work in the field with cutting edge research to tackle that very question. Why do people fail, and what do successful people do differently?
Dweck explains that children, believe it or not, have actually become her role models for success. The reason? Because children fail, and fail, and fail… but never stop trying.
According to Dweck, “People with a fixed mindset – those who believe that abilities are fixed – are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset – those who believe that abilities can be developed.”
“For thirty years,” she continues, “my research has shown that the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life.”
What kind of mindset do you have? Do you believe your qualities, attributes, gifts, and talents are set in stone, or do you believe your skill can be grown, developed, and acquired?
If we can learn to adopt a growth mindset and see ourselves as a novice in development, then what happens is we actually extend ourselves the freedom to fail. When your goal is to improve, it becomes okay to fail. A failure doesn’t define us, it is simply a learning lesson along the way. If, however, we have a fixed mindset – where every obstacle is a challenge that we have to prove our worth – then every failure affirms our greatest fear. No, you don’t have what it takes.
In a time where nearly 1 in 5 Americans are clinically depressed, Dweck says that having a fixed mindset greatly increases your likelihood of depression. Someone with a fixed mindset sees a challenge as something being imposed on them, while someone with a growth mindset sees a challenge as an opportunity to grow, and something that works for them.
What challenges are you facing right now? How are you approaching them? Is it actually the worst thing ever, or could it be a refining fire that you’ll be glad you went through one day? If we follow the lessons laid out in Mindset, it's amazing how even our greatest challenges can find a silver lining.
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