Succeed at Anything

Recently a manager at work suggested that employees read Mindset by Dr. Carol S. Dweck. A book that sheds light on the two mindsets we have, and how they affect our approach to success.

FIXED MINDSET vs GROWTH MINDSET

If your manager asked you, “How can we be better; what should you do when you’re met with obstacles?” The answers they would hope to hear would include things like perseverance, effort, determination, etc.; what they don’t want to hear, “we are the best already, why do we need to do more?”

The first is the growth mindset; the second is the fixed mindset. With a fixed mindset we place blame elsewhere because we don’t feel we have anything else to learn, but with a grown mindset we seek out the answers so we do better next time.

Yes, it is about perseverance, effort, and determination, (fear of failure, fear of being defined by that failure, and exposing your inadequacies) but, it’s the MINDSET we adopt that determines our actions.

Our mindset directly influences what choices we make. It tells us whether to persevere or quit; to be determined, or be lazy;  heck, let’s face it… the mindset we adopt directly affects whether or not we even START in the first place.

“It’s not about making the choice to preserve – it’s about having the mindset that makes perseverance inevitable.”

In a commercial for Proctor & Gamble, Agency: Wieden + Kennedy, Portland, Ore., showed infants and children overcoming their “limitations” to become Olympic athletes. These babies did not come out of the womb perfectly poised on their skates, or skis; they were messy, clumsy, and basically disastrous.

“Every master was once a disaster.” – T. Harv Eker

When you believe that setbacks make you a “failure” and asking for help means you’re dumb, you start telling yourself that effort is futile. Which limits the attempts you might have otherwise tried to make. The babies in the commercial had no preconceived notion of failure, and those with the growth mindset don’t either.

When you believe in learning from your mistakes accepting setbacks are then just part of the process, and you don’t have to know everything all at once –  you try, you work, and you’re humble.

That mindset is the key to your successes.

“Success is about trial and error – if it wasn’t we’d only have one version of the iPhone.”


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