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