The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.
– Carol S. Dweck –
We often see some employees take the stage at a workplace. What is that they are doing differently.
Are they God gifted, smart, or none?
Then how do they break the vicious circle, beat the workplace competition, and become inevitable to replace?
The secret to this is pretty simple but very few of us apply it.
If you understand the difference of growth mindset and fixed mindset you can easily master the secret to becoming inevitable.
Seth Godin in his book describes this kind of irreplaceable person as a linchpin. In simple terms, they are hard to replace.
Adaptability and learning new skills in today’s competitive job market is most necessary.
Recently, I was reading Carol S. Dweck’s book “Mindset: The new psychology of success”.
In her book, she has described both a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. Carol has just hit the nail with her findings and explanations. I became a fan of her.
This growth mindset will not only help you at your workplace but also make you successful in life.
While reading this awesome book, I got a chance to evaluate myself. Though I didn’t have all but had some qualities of a growth mindset. Thanks to the Almighty.
In the evaluation process, I came across many instances from my life where this growth mindset helped me become irreplaceable. I have shared them below the explanations.
People with a growth mindset believe that they can develop abilities as talent and intelligence develop through dedication and hard work.
They enjoy to learn, accept new challenges and situations to experiment, and adopt failure as an opportunity to grow. They are not ready to quit until they prove it.
Such people worry less about looking smart and they put more energy into whatever it takes to accomplish the task. Focusing always on getting it done rather than giving up.
Fixed mindset people are just the opposite. They feel they “are who they are” and were born with a set level of talent, intelligence, and even interests.
Because of this, they often seek out opportunities and situations where these views are affirmed.
They do the same job over and over to receive praise. They believe that talent alone and not the effort – is the source of success.
How to know which kind of mindset you have – Growth Mindset or Fixed Mindset?
Here are some differences that will help you decide which mindset you have.
Growth Mindset VS Fixed Mindset
People with a growth mindset tend to believe that intelligence can be developed with practice and hard work.
Whereas people with a fixed mindset believe that intelligence is gifted and can’t be developed.
With a growth mindset, we tend to embrace new challenges.
Whereas with a fixed mindset we avoid taking challenges.
Those with a growth mindset never up until they get the result. They keep on trying and even learn new skills to achieve that. They are self-motivated and don’t need anyone to inspire or motivate.
Contradictory to the above people, with a fixed mindset, first of all, don’t take challenges. If they do they take it, easily give up. Require others to motivate them and lose their dedication shortly.
The effort to achieve is enjoyed by people with a growth mindset. Efforts are tiresome and mostly considered pointless for people with a fixed mindset. They do as said and never try to explore.
People having a growth mindset believe in possibilities and fixed mindset argue on limitations.
Growth Mindset Example
When I was a teenager, my grandma always taught me to never say a no, always ready to accept challenges and to complete the task whatever it takes.
During those days, I was instructed not to return home without accomplishing the given task. These tasks were small.
Sometimes finding something new from the market or deliver things to a new address. That habit developed and may God bless my grandma.
When I started my career in Dubai after graduation, this attitude made me win at all the companies I worked for.
I was given a task by my bosses and sometimes also challenged. I took it with grace. Worked on them vigorously.
Sometimes I was able to complete and sometimes failed drastically. Even paid losses from my salaries for the resources wasted.
Just enjoyed the process. Somewhere in my heart, I knew this will pay me back both ways; in terms of money and terms of experience. And it did.
I became an inevitable part of my company and thus my payback began. It took 2.5 years but it was worth the wait.
Furthermore, all those nights work and accepting of challenges helped me grow new skills.
I was a data analyst and today I have my website www.ExcelDataPro.com, which provides solutions to daily problems of accounting, hr, and tax professionals.
I wasn’t paid extra for those researches. It helped the company at that time and then those were helpful to me.
As I was myself facing those problems back in Dubai, I was able to provide better and viable solutions to my website followers.
Fixed Mindset Example
I had a colleague in the last company for which I worked before leaving Dubai. He had a fixed mindset.
He always tried to oppose me for going the extra mile for my bosses or working tirelessly for the solutions.
This fixed mindset developed a very negative attitude in him. It was to look busy and do nothing.
He wasn’t able to handle the job far. Soon after I left Dubai, his clashes with bosses increased and he was sacked from the job. It was his fixed mindset attitude that took him to that point.
It is clear from the decades of study by Carol S Dweck that if you want to succeed, it is very much possible with a growth mindset. It can be developed through experience and hard work.
Sit. Relax and thoroughly think about the approach you have toward your work and your interests. Which mindset do you have? Fixed or Growth? Are you ready to grow or still stuck in a fixed mentality?
If you don’t want yourself to be left behind and see success in your careers, relationship, parenting then this is the only key. Start to change, evolve, and grow.
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