Do you have a Fixed Mindset or a Growth Mindset?

What is a mindset?

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck based on decades of research on achievement and success — a simple idea that makes all the difference. Your Mindset is your collection of thoughts and beliefs that shape your thought habits. And your thought habits affect how you think, what you feel, and what you do.Your Mindset impacts how you make sense of the world, and how you make sense of you. Think about your intelligence, your talents, your personality… Are these qualities simply fixed traits, carved in stone and that’s that? Or are they things you can cultivate throughout your life?

Every one of us have at gone through incorrect notions such as:

Intelligence is Fixed, if I have to try, I am clearly not smart… no point in trying if one is not a “natural”… at one time or the other in our lives — in sports, education, arts, our profession, etc. Prof Dweck classifies this as Fixed Mindset.

Fixed vs Growth?

The following are some of the attributes of the 2 mindsets. Clearly every one of us and every organization is One or the Other in all spheres, we embrace the Fixed Mindset in some areas and Growth Mindset in other areas,. Also, it is hardly a binary, but rather a continuum.

How to cross the chasm?

How do we graduate from Fixed Mindset to Growth Mindset?

Most of us are not purely fixed-mindset people or growth-mindset people. We’re both. When I was reading the book, I realized that I have approached some things with a growth mindset (like bridge) while other things in a fixed mindset (like basketball). The greatest virtue of the book is that you can’t help but ask yourself things like, “Which areas have I always looked at through a fixed-mindset lens?” and “In what ways am I sending the wrong message to my children [students] about mindset and effort?” — Bill Gates

In summary

Nobody’s mindset is totally Fixed or Growth. There may be a few extreme cases, but most of us lie somewhere in between the two. We show different mindsets in different situations, depending on how we formed our belief or attitude about our particular abilities/ideas. Your Growth Mindset will enable you to work towards a better version of yourself by pushing through comfort zone boundaries and learning from mistakes or short falls. You will inspire others to also work towards their Growth Mindset and hopefully open a circle of communication and learn off each other. A Growth Mindset is a positive way of thinking.

How can KloudLearn help?

As Prof Dweck has mentioned, transitioning from Fixed Mindset to Growth Mindset requires more than hard work, it requires pertinent tools and techniques. KloudLearn, is an LMS 2.0 platform. Combining LMS 1.0 and LXP (Learning Experience Platforms) and powered by an AI engine, KloudLearn can serve as the foundation for continuous learning, reskilling, etc. to help individuals and organizations achieve their true potential.

References:

Indiana University, South Bend, Class Notes Ricoh Corporation employee training material “Mindset — The New Psychology of Success — How we can learn to fulfill our potential”, Prof Carol Dweck,

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