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Growth vs Mindset

A growth mindset means that you believe your intelligence and talents can be developed over time. A fixed mindset means that you believe intelligence is fixed—so if you’re not good at something, you might believe you’ll never be good at it.

A growth mindset also recognizes that setbacks are a necessary part of the learning process and allows people to ‘bounce back’ by increasing motivational effort.

Those who adopt a growth mindset:

  • Embrace lifelong learning

  • Believe intelligence can be improved

  • Put in more effort to learn

  • Believe effort leads to mastery

  • Believe failures are just temporary setbacks

  • View feedback as a source of information

  • Willingly embraces challenges

  • View others’ success as a source of inspiration

  • View feedback as an opportunity to learn

With a fixed mindset, people believe attributes, such as talent and intelligence, are fixed. They believe they’re born with the level of intelligence and natural talents they’ll reach in adulthood.

A fixed-minded person usually avoids challenges in life, gives up easily, and becomes intimidated or threatened by the success of other people. This is in part because a fixed mindset doesn't see intelligence and talent as something you develop.

There are a few primary characteristics that denote a fixed mindset:

  • Resistant to change

  • Disregard for practice

  • Comparison to others

  • View obstacles as permanent

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