Monthly archives: August 2014

Fixed vs Growth Mindset

A friend of mine introduced this to me over a cup of coffee.

Carol Dweck  in her book Mindset talked about the Fixed and Growth mindsets.

Fixed Mindset – people here tend to blame external factors for the lack of success.

Growth Mindset – people acknowledge responsibility for things that happen to them and believe the success isn’t pre determined.

There is a simple online quiz which helps determine which mindset you currently have.

It also talks about the importance of the correct form of praise. Praising children for being smart can cause them to fear failure and shrink away from risk. Praising children for applying the correct processes, e.g. studying and purposeful practice will help them do better.

In many ways this seems similar to the key leadership belief that we take ownership over everything that happens in our life.