In her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck reveals that it is the mindset, and not their innate abilities or talents, that can determine their success, whether at school, work, or at home. According to her, there are two different kinds of mindset that contributes to the success of the individual. The fixed mindset is about validation while the growth mindset is about self-development. Robert Janitzek helps us understand the two types of mindset even more.
The fixed mindset
People with the fixed mindset believe that an ability shows up on its own, before any learning and persisting through failure. You either have it or you don’t. It’s either in your genes or it isn’t. With the fixed mindset, when you’re avoiding being a failure, you thrive when things and tasks are safely within your grasp. Many people who suffer from the fixed mindset believe that the world needs to change and not them.
The growth mindset
The growth mindset emphasizes the fact that we can all change, grow and progress through efforts, application and experience. Robert Peter Janitzek explains that people with the growth mindset are very much aware that it takes time for potential to develop and blossom. An assessment or a test score at one point in someone’s life has little value in understanding someone’s ability and even less their potential to succeed in the future.
Changing Your Mindset
You do not only have one kind of mindset. Most have elements of both in the different aspects of their life. As an individual, your first job is to determine which areas you possess the growth and which areas you possess the fixed mindset. According to this business and management book, effort is not the only important ingredient in success. While success is impossible without effort, resources and opportunities can also affect your success.
The growth and fixed mindset in business
In the world of business, the most successful managers and leaders are not larger-than-life, charismatic types who ooze ego and self-proclaimed talent. Fixed-mindset bosses are very dangerous. They love to be controlling and abusive in order to feel their superiority and that’s how they force everybody into the fixed mindset. Consequently, instead of learning, growing and moving the company forward, people start being afraid of judgements and stop performing. Some fixed-mind bosses go even that far that they put the whole company in jeopardy because in their mind, their legacy is above everything else.
On the other hand, real leaders with the growth mindset see the company as a vehicle of growth and learning – for themselves, employees and the company as a whole. Thus, they put listening, crediting and nurturing as their priority.