Growth Mindset - The Secret To Success
Today, technology should be an enabler, something that empowers you to deliver better services to your customers.
However, implementation is also about an internal cultural shift, about getting your staff to move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.
According to Stanford psychologist, Carol Dweck, a growth mindset is “based on the belief that your basic qualities are things that you can cultivate through your effort,” while a fixed mindset is the belief that “…your qualities are carved in stone” and “creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over again.”
What you think generally becomes reality. So if you think that you can grow, then you will. If you think that you can’t, then you won’t.
A Growth Mindset Starts With Learning
Once you stop learning, you stop growing. For that reason, you must make learning a priority. Turn it into a habit. And remember that learning is a lifelong process.
According to Dweck, people with a growth mindset embrace failure and see it as an opportunity to grow. Meanwhile, people with a fixed mindset dwell in failure, beat themselves up and often lack the self-compassion to move forward. They tend to have low self-esteem and believe that their failure defines them.
Instead of seeing failure as a bad thing, see it as something positive. Every time you make a mistake or fail, see it as another opportunity to learn and improve upon yourself or your abilities.
Avoid A Fixed Mindset
Stretch your limits. Step outside of your comfort zone. If you aren’t being challenged in your current role, then speak to your boss or find another roll where you challenged.
People who have a fixed mindset almost always avoid challenges. Why? because it makes them feel inadequate. As soon as things get hard, they turn their backs and walk away. On the other hand, people with a growth mindset are just the opposite; they are motivated by the challenge. They thrive on it.
At the end of the day, having a growth mindset is exactly that, your mindset. Something that you are 100% in control of.
Take on challenges. Above all else, believe in yourself and all that you are capable of achieving. If you mess up, then think about how you can learn from your mistake and try again.
Why is a growth mindset the secret to startup success?
By nature, a start-up environment empowers and fosters a growth mindset; a start-up is constantly changing, its organizational structure is fluid and its processes inherently promote upward momentum for its employees and, in turn, for its bottom line. The immense desire to achieve the goal and the mindset to overcome failure, execution is all that remains.
How do you think? With a fixed mindset, or a growth mindset? Do you believe in limitations or possibilities?