This spark will help you understand how a fixed mindset can hold you back. "In the fixed mindset, you don't take control of your abilities and your motivation. You look for your talent to carry you through, and when it doesn't, well then, what else could you have done? You are not a work in progress, you're a finished product. And finished products have to protect themselves, lament, and blame. Everything but take charge."
The principle we're discussing
The fixed mindset can help you figure out what you’re good at, and then stop there. But you’re not a finished product - you’re a growing and changing human. And assuming you’re a finished product means that you’ll miss out on important opportunities to become your best self.
Why this principle is important and matters to you
When Michael Jordan was in high school, he got cut from the Varsity Basketball team. It was a devastating loss for him, and that could have been it. Frustrated and disappointed, Jordan could have chosen another sport or spent more time on a school subject he loved.
He could have done the same thing when he wasn’t recruited by North Carolina State, or when he wasn’t drafted by the first two NBA teams that could have chosen him. Jordan had multiple opportunities to tell himself, “basketball just isn’t your game,” and choose something else.
Instead, every setback became an opportunity to be better. To try harder. Jordan could have considered himself a finished product, but instead he kept pushing himself. He left the house at six every morning to practice before school, and even when he was in the NBA, he pushed himself to practice after every loss. Jordan’s mindset was all about growth. And if it hadn’t been, we never would have seen him play.
This provides practical ways to apply learnings from this Spark
Think about what it was like to start your job. Did you know everything right away? If you didn’t, what was the learning process like?
Consider what things might look like if you had thought of yourself as a finished product when you started your job. Would you be where you are now? What would you have missed out on if you hadn’t been open to learning?
An opportunity to reflect on yourself and/or your team and how you can apply these insights