Two Mindsets: Fixed or Growth
One day I was trying to understand why some students/Employees were so caught up in proving their ability, while others could just let go and learn. Gradually I realized that there were two meanings to ability, not one: a fixed ability that needs to be proven, and a changeable ability that can be developed through learning.
Believing that your qualities are carved in stone—the fixed mindset—creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over. If you have only a certain amount of intelligence, a certain personality, and a certain moral character—well, then you’d better prove that you have a healthy dose of them.
I’ve seen so many people with this one consuming goal of proving themselves—in the classroom, in their careers, and in their relationships. Every situation calls for a confirmation of their intelligence, personality, or character. Every situation is evaluated: Will I succeed or fail? Will I look smart or dumb? Will I be accepted or rejected? Will I feel like a winner or a loser?
There is another mindset [a growth mindset] in which these traits are not simply a hand you’re dealt and have to live with, always trying to convince yourself and others that you have a royal flush when you’re secretly worried it’s a pair of tens. In this mindset, the hand you’re dealt is just the starting point for development. This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although people may differ in every which can change and grow through application and experience.
When you enter a mindset, you enter a new world. In one world—the world of fixed traits—success is about proving you’re smart or talented. Validating yourself. In the other—the world of changing qualities—it’s about stretching yourself to learn something new. Developing yourself.
In one world, failure is about having a setback. Getting a bad grade. Losing a tournament. Getting fired. Getting rejected. It means you’re not smart or talented. In the other world, failure is about not growing. Not reaching for the things you value. It means you’re not fulfilling your potential.
I would like to share my own experiences with you for the first time in my Life. As an Engineer I started my career as a simple Engineer who works in Plant/labors/Supervisors doing what is being done since a three decade. Every body was trying to fit himself in that stereotype & nobody had ever tried to innovate/Create something new. That is called Fixed Mindset. By sinking in that routine people had never stretched that brain to learn something new for personal /relationship development.
From 2005 to 2006, I was working as an In house Quality control Engineer., 2006 to 2008, Inspector at Vendor stage, 2009 to 2011, Validation Engineer( Design validation). Every time I learnt something & forgot. In 2011. In 2008, I joined NIRMA for pursuing MBA Part Time Degree to add value to my career. I was not excel in education in school time, but achieved fare excellency in Maths & Logic. I believe if you have ability to visualize things logically you can do things more simpler than others. In 2011, I expressed my thoughts to my Management about my contribution. I was delegated commercial activities which has nothing to do with engineering. today I am involved in financial measurement for which I am learning accountancy & financial management.
Growth is not what you earn but growth is difference between what you were & now.
"Self-taking", "Self-churning" & 'Self-storming" is the way to change mindset.
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