Is your organization seeking transformation? What’s the starting point of transformation?
I ‘ll try to answer those questions. My inspiration on the power of growth mindset started after I attended a session on Mindset.
In this session, I got to know the importance of Mindset in achieving success. On the same lines, I understood that desire for continuous learning is what makes someone intelligent. Most importantly, the program helped me to appreciate people for their efforts which helps them to realize that effort and hard work is the secret ingredient for success. Let’s deep dive into what a mindset is and how to develop a growth mindset in this blog.
What is Mindset
Our mindset is made up of our behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, approaches and outlook towards things. Mindset is like a lens through which we view people around us.
People with a fixed mindset believe that talent and intelligence are fixed. They believe that their talent alone creates success without effort and they are reluctant to take on challenges. For instance, phrases like “Born intelligent”, “Success comes to talented people”, “I just can’t do it”, “I’ll never be that smart” are used to define fixed mindset person. The other category of mindset is called as “Growth Mindset”.
What’s a Growth Mindset
People with a growth mindset believe in hard work and perseverance to achieve success. For instance, phrases like “I’m going to train my brain” instead of “I just can’t do it”, “This may take some time” instead of “This is too hard”. Now that we know two different types of mindset, let’s understand how a person with growth mindset achieves success.
I would like to share a truly inspiring story of Abraham Lincoln and how he never gave up. His journey to success had many failures and the events are captured in chronological order.
- In 1816 his family was forced out of their home. He’d to work to support them.
- In 1818 his mother died.
- In 1831 Failed in business.
- In 1832 He ran for state legislature however lost.
- In 1832 Lost his job and later wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
- In 1833 He borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
- In 1834 He ran for state legislature again, this time he won.
- In 1835 He was engaged to be married, but his sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
- In 1836 He had total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
- In 1838 He sought to become speaker of the state legislature but was defeated.
- In 1840 He sought to become elector but was defeated again.
- In 1843 He ran for Congress and lost.
- In 1846 He ran for Congress again but this time he won and went to Washington and did a good job.
- In 1848 He ran for re-election to Congress and lost again.
- In 1849 He sought the job of land officer in his home state – rejected.
- In 1854 He ran for Senate of the United States and lost.
- In 1856 He sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention and gets less than 100 votes.
- In 1858 He ran for U.S. Senate again and loses.
- In 1860 Elected president of the United States.
What an amazing achievement!! His will to never stop trying teaches us the importance of perseverance. Your next question would be how to develop Growth mindset?
Developing “Growth mindset”
Have you heard of Iceberg illusion? People notice success similar to the iceberg in the picture. The underlying hard work,dedication, sacrifice and persistence are the pillars of success which more often than not is invisible.
I’ll share some transformation tips for people to move from fixed to growth mindset.
- Embrace challenges.
- Persist in the face of setbacks.
- Effort leads to mastery.
- Learn from criticism.
- Find lessons and inspiration in the success of others.
Firstly, we got to know the real meaning of mindset. Secondly, we understood how growth mindset helps in achieving success. Thirdly, we were able to understand the ways to inculcate growth mindset. Above all, we got to know quick wins in the journey of mindset transformation.
I hope you liked the blog, please share your feedback in the “Leave a reply” section below. Until next time, Ciao and have a good one.
Inspiration to write this blog:
Vikram Raghuram (Agile coach at DevOn).
Content and blogs which helped me gain knowledge:
YouTube videos of Carol Dweck on Mindset:
Mindset and motivation podcast on Spotify:
Iceberg illusion picked from: