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Push That Tush -- A Change of Mind

Monday, September 17, 2012


Professor Carol Dweck has primary research interests in motivation, personality, and development. In her book MINDSET: THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS she explains how a person’s mindset affects their lives.
Some believe their success is based on inherited ability; these are said to have a "FIXED" mindset. Others, who believe their success is based on hard work and learning, are said to have a "GROWTH" mindset. Individuals may not necessarily be aware of their own mindset, but their behavior gives clues to their mindset.

It is especially evident in their reaction to failure.

People with a FIXED-mindset dread failure because it is a negative statement on their basic abilities,
while people with a GROWTH mindset don't mind failure as much because they realize their performance CAN be improved.

These two mindsets play an important role in all aspects of a person's life.
Dweck argues that the GROWTH mindset will allow a person to live a less stressful and more SUCCESSFUL life.

Dweck's definition of fixed and growth mindsets from a 2012 interview: "In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that's that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don't necessarily think everyone's the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it."

This is important because:
(1) a person with a "GROWTH" mindset is more likely to continue working hard despite setbacks
(2) a person's mindset can be affected by subtle environmental cues.

Bottom Line:
What you tell yourself, and what you allow yourself to believe,
will influence your success in life.
If you think YOU CAN…you can.

Tell Yourself YOU CAN...because the truth IS...YOU CAN
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