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The Growth Mindset

‍In this Spark, you’ll understand what it means to have a growth mindset.

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The Growth Mindset
What We're Talking About

The principle we're discussing

Your mindset is your attitude—how your brain thinks and operates. Author Carol Dweck explores two mindsets: a growth mindset, and a fixed mindset. 

We’ll start by defining what a “growth mindset” looks like. People with a growth mindset believe their basic qualities can be developed through hard work and help from others. 

They operate from a love of learning and are better equipped to cope with setbacks, develop effective strategies, and act in their best interest. They also recognize that, in order to learn effectively, they’ll need objective information about their current abilities.

Why it Matters

Why this principle is important and matters to you

Whether you’re at work or at home, knowing your mindset makes a difference: It helps you understand why (and how) you make decisions and learn. It might even help you understand why (and how) your colleagues make decisions. 

Having a growth mindset means you can honor your current talents and abilities while also learning new things and creating new strategies. 

Say you’re stuck on a project or working on something new. A growth mindset will help you push yourself to get it done, while a fixed mindset will do the opposite. (More on that later!)

How You Can Use It

This provides practical ways to apply learnings from this Spark

Your mindset directly impacts how you work and whether or not you’re able to get things done, regardless of your experience level. 

Consider a difficult task you’ve recently faced. How did you approach it? With optimism, or with dread? Spend some time thinking about how you handle difficulties—and how you might be able to embody more of a growth mindset.

Here are three ways to start now and work to develop a growth mindset:

  1. Reflect: Intentionally take time to acknowledge, reflect, and embrace your failures. Becoming aware of your areas of improvement is one step in cultivating a growth mindset.
  2. Incorporate ‘yet’: Integrating the word ‘yet’ into your vocabulary signals that development will happen, it’s a function of time and effort.
  3. Be open: Use the phrase ‘what am I missing’ when asking for input or feedback. It signals an openness to learn and expand your current thinking. Then, truly listen to their response.
5 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset


Reflection

An opportunity to reflect on yourself and/or your team and how you can apply these insights

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