Why adopting a growth mind-set is critical?

This follows as a comment on an article about Carol Dweck (a psychologist) and her research, Mind-set Research.

Adopting a growth mind-set

  • means you believe in continuously learning and improving.

    It means if you fail in certain task, you won't be discouraged by the setbacks, that you would continuously try to learn from the setbacks and try alternative ways to achieve the task.

    If you possess a fixed mind-set, you would more likely give up when you have setbacks, attributing to the lack of talent or ability. (maybe)

  • Learning itself makes the activity fun! If you only strive for perfomance so as to enhance

    your own self-image, each setback becomes a personal threat.

  • means that you don't hold a concept of a person having a fixed identity or personality. And, this bodes well for your relationships, allowing it to be more constructive.

Diener puts it this way: “Failure is information—we label it failure, but it’s more like, ‘This didn’t work, I’m a problem solver, and I’ll try something else.’”

“Study skills and learning skills are inert until they’re powered by an active ingredient,” Dweck explains. Students may know how to study, but won’t want to if they believe their efforts are futile.

Dweck’s study showed that praising children for intelligence, rather than for effort, sapped their motivation (see sidebar). But more disturbingly, 40 percent of those whose intelligence was praised overstated their scores to peers. “We took ordinary children and made them into liars,” Dweck says.

Remember there is always a choice!!

Remember that your beliefs will turn into reality and your reality is just your beliefs!

Allow each moment to flow through you, as life is all about changes.


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