You’ve no doubt heard about this book, that promises that success is all about our Mindset.
Dweck’s research looks at parenting, coaching, teaching, the workplace and interpersonal relationships and how a growth mindset, rather than a fixed mindset, can lead to a range of improved outcomes.
This is interesting reading – forcing you to observe and perhaps recognise some of the less helpful patterns of thought in yourself and those around you.
The fixed mindset does a couple of things – it makes excuses for why things are not your fault. It promises you nothing will ever change. It laments a lack of perfection and will never encourage you to try harder or at least, try things differently. It’s an easy way to move through life – but not one hat promotes growth.
The growth mindset is all about learning. It values challenge and looks at errors as an opportunity to do better. Sometimes that ‘better’ is ‘even better’ – even champions need a growth mindset to really reach their potential.
As teacher, it has made me rethink how I frame learning and feedback to my students. On a personal level, it promotes a much more positive approach to all areas of my life, which will no doubt be useful with the areas that I feel need a bit of work.
Definitely worth a read, for whatever reason it inspires you.