It’s been a couple of weeks since I wrote my first post on Mindset titled New Mindset and I’ve been thinking about it now more than ever because if I’m writing about finding freedom, wealth, reaching our goals and working on what some might think is impossible – starting your own business – you need to flex a little, move away from your comfort zone and go into the battle field. That is why you need to change your mindset.
Let’s take a brief PSYCH 101 lesson. A decade or so ago a Stanford University Professor of Psychology, Dr. Carol S. Dweck, after years of doing research on achievement and success discovered a simple idea that makes all the difference, you got it: Mindset.
She found there were two types of mindset: a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. In a fixed mindset people believe basic qualities such as intelligence and talent, are simply fixed traits. You were born this way, baby. So, people in this category spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing it. Having this type of mindset makes people believe that talent alone creates success and no effort is needed. And, they’re wrong.
Imagine if Michael Jordan had given up or simply decided to make no effort.
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot … and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed.”
In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through hard work and dedication. So, your brain is just a starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishments. The greatest leaders and figures throughout history have had this mindset.
As an inventor, Edison had 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison simply replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
I simply L-O-V-E when people keep going no matter what. 🙂