Fixed vs Growth Mindset: Is It Natural Talent or Effort?

Mindsets is a theory developed by psychologist Carol Dweck. According to her people have either a fixed or growth mindset.

Persons with a fixed mindset believe that their basic qualities such as intelligence and talents are static. They cannot be changed, developed or improved upon. The qualities that you are born with is what you will die with.

Success is thus determined by your inborn qualities. So, failure represents a dead end.

However, individuals with a growth mindset believe that their intelligence and talents can be developed and improved upon over time. What you start with is not necessarily what you end with.

Success to them incorporates your qualities and perseverance.

Growth mindsets are more conducive to thriving in the face of adversity and disappointments. They are not likely to think of themselves as failures because they didn’t succeed at one point. Every failure represents an opportunity to try again. This mindset creates a love for learning and a persistent mentality to never give up.

On the other hand, people with fixed mindsets constantly try to prove their worth, demonstrating how talented or intelligent they are. When they fail they take that to heart, as a direct reflection of themselves.

A fixed mindset can be detrimental to personal development. You see failure as a stop sign and do not attempt to learn and grow. Therefore adopting a growth mindset is important for self-improvement.

Whenever you catch yourself saying, I can’t because I’m not smart enough or talented enough, stop, Take a minute and challenge that thought. Ask yourself is it really that I am not smart or I just didn’t put in the effort to study.

Observe those around you. Gather evidence to discredit your fixed mindset. Look at the people in your life and watch how persistence pays off.

Change up your words and rewrite the story in your head. A new world of possibilities will open up to you.

Thank you for reading.


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