“Becoming is better than being.” Dr. Carol Dweck
At this point, everyone has heard of mindset and how a positive mindset is imperative to creating a successful business. But, recently, I have been digging deeper. I watched a TED talk by Dr. Carol Dweck about Growth Mindset.
Dweck identifies two mindsets:
“In a fixed mindset people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success — without effort.”
“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work — brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.”
Your mindset plays a critical role in how you cope with life’s challenges. This is why a growth mindset is imperative for starting and growing your business. A growth mindset is adaptable to the rapid changes in today’s business environment.
So, do you have the traits of having a growth mindset? Here are some defining characteristics.
People with a growth mindset truly believe in themselves. They believe that they can overcome whatever life throws at them! Once they overcome these challenges or setbacks, they will understand why they were there. This is learning from your experiences.
Passion for Learning
People with a growth mindset have a desire to keep learning. Their goal is to improve their knowledge as much as possible. They want to become an expert in their field or industry. At the start of a new day, you see it as a new chance to improve your knowledge and learn something new.
People who perform at their best are those who start small even though they dream big. They understand that they need a starting point, but from there they can take action. In acting and doing, the point is that they use their growth mentality to strengthen their awareness.
By doing, they can apply their knowledge and it is this conscious practice that makes them successful. To start a business or make it grow, one has to act, which can begin at any time throughout the process.
People with a growth mindset have a different thought process than others. When it comes to being successful and getting what they want, they are aware of the fact that they have to work on it to achieve it. They have a great degree of self-discipline.
This commitment allows them to focus fully on the ultimate goal. As a result, their efforts and determination enable them to succeed and get to where they want to be. They don’t waste time proving they can, they go beyond their basic skills and find a path to success with a positive attitude. Again, they strive to always keep learning and be the best they can be!
“Individuals in a growth mindset don’t simply look for challenge, they blossom with it. The greater the challenge, the more they stretch.” K. Orient
Do you have traits of having a growth mindset?