The definition of Growth and Fixed mindset

In a fixed mindset individual, they believe that their basic abilities, intelligence, 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 individual, they understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. It is not necessarily everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but everyone can get smarter if they work at it. - Carol Dweck, Stanford University

Scholars are deeply gratified when their ideas catch on. And they are even more gratified when their ideas make a difference — improving motivation, innovation, or productivity, for example. But popularity has a price: people sometimes distort ideas, and therefore fail to reap their benefits. This has started to happen with my research on “growth” versus “fixed” mindsets among individuals and within organizations.

To briefly sum up the findings: Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts). This is because they worry less about looking smart and they put more energy into learning. When entire companies embrace a growth mindset, their employees report feeling far more empowered and committed; they also receive far greater organizational support for collaboration and innovation. In contrast, people at primarily fixed-mindset companies report more of only one thing: cheating and deception among employees, presumably to gain an advantage in the talent race.

Many of us are guilty of having a fixed mindset when we are facing certain situations which we are not very keen of working on. But it’s your daily actions that will change what you believe about yourself and the person you become. It’s about setting a schedule, showing up, and sticking to it. It’s about focusing on building the right identity rather than worrying about getting the right result.

Skill is something you can cultivate, not merely something you’re born with.

Anyone can become more creative, more intelligent, more athletic, more artistic, and more successful by focusing on the process, not the outcome.


Food for thought: Are you an individual with a Growth or Fixed Mindset? 


Cited, Jamesclear | Harvard Business Review