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Fixed and Growth Mindset

What is the first thing that pops into your mind when the word "mindset" is mentioned? Do you take a moment to reflect on yourself? Perhaps you use adjectives such as "positive" and "resilient" to describe your mindset.

The 2 main types of mindsets are Growth and Fixed. A fixed mindset refers to when people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They invest their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. These people believe that talent itself creates success and not effort.

On the other hand, a growth mindset refers to when people understand that their intelligence and talent can be developed through consistent effort and continuous effort. They believe that everyone can improve on themselves as long as they are willing to work on it. They believe that the key to success is through hard work and dedication.

Much like, the famed "10000 hour rule" where it is believed that if you were to practice a craft for 10000 hours, you will then become a master in it. Individuals with a growth mindset, are deeply motivated by this, that if you dedicate yourself to something, you will be able to master it no matter what it is.

Which mindset should you aspire to have?

A growth mindset would result in individuals approaching challenges with vigour and purpose as they believe that it is an opportunity for growth. This is because they have an innate belief that everyone has untapped potential and the only way to achieve that is to keep developing themselves.

If you were an employer, you certainly would rather have an employee who adopts a growth mindset rather than a fixed one. Such an individual would be open to taking on challenging projects and picking up new responsibilities. They would be receptive to challenges and in fact would actively look for them. They will be always on the hunt to self-improve as they believe that it's the only way to maximise their potential.

Alternatively, if you have workers with a fixed mindset, they are likely to be more content with performing their routine duties. It can be argued that having a fixed mindset is not necessarily a con. Such workers will inevitably be more specialised in their work as they have become so wedded to it. Certain roles require individuals that possess a fixed mindset.

However, they would be more resistant to taking on new tasks that they are unfamiliar with and are likely to be more individualistic in their thinking rather than keeping the organization's best interest in mind. It is important for a company to have both individuals of a fixed and growth mindset to provide some balance. After all, it would be chaotic to have a group of individuals who simply want endless growth opportunities.

Aim to have a growth mindset, a belief that you can achieve anything that you set your mind to no matter how difficult a task it may seem to be. It will put you in good stead especially in your professional life, where obstacles will arise but having such a belief will help guide you through it.

A growth mindset is basically to believe in yourself, that you have the capabilities to be even better than you currently are. That your skills can be further honed and developed. That there are a whole bunch of useful abilities you can add to your arsenal. A growth mindset means to not give up on yourself, to believe that you can reach new heights and be better than you ever dreamed.


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