What are Mindsets?F or G

Your mindset is the attitude you adopt, specifically in this case towards your abilities, intelligence and potential. Your mindset can change as it is to do with what you think you are capable of achieving. Your mindset is about your attitude to life and all its challenges.

People either have a FIXED mindset or a GROWTH mindset. Please do not just take our word for it, this is based on decades of solid research & empirical evidence by Prof. Carol Dweck, Stanford University.

Live-N-Learn go on bended knee, plead and beg with you to have a growth mindset. Actually we don’t do any of that, but honestly, it would be better for you if you did.


What’s the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset?

People with the fixed mindset believe that their basic skills, intelligence and qualities are more or less set from birth and there is not a lot you can do about that. They adopt the attitude of “It’s okay for her, she’s brainy” or “He’s artistic” or “She’s sporty”. If they are not good at something from the word go then they don’t see the point in putting in the effort to learn it. You are either born naturally good at something or you are not.

On the other hand, a growth mindset is the understanding that your personal qualities and abilities can change. This leads people to take on challenges, persevere in the face of setbacks and become more effective learners. People fostering this attitude believe that most things can be achieved through hard work, practice and by not giving up when things get difficult. They know that some people might be particularly talented at certain things but recognise that for them this is just a starting point and that even these people need to work hard in order to improve on their 'talent'. They might begin to see their brain more like a muscle and that as they toil and stuggle at things, they are literally getting smarter.

"Can my mindset change?".... YES!

Dweck often refers to the word 'struggle' which can be seen as quite a negative word, as is the word 'difficult'. Why is this the case, surely for a baby walking is difficult and sometimes a big struggle however they do not give up at the first fall. Think about the pilot flying the plane you recently travelled aboard, at one point he or she could not even walk or feed themselves, yet they learned and continue to do so everyday. 

Work hard, change your own thinking, empower others, praise the process, use the word... YET! 


Mindset Rules:

Rule Fixed Mindset Growth Mindset
#1 Look Talented at ALL Times & at ALL Costs Learn wherever & whenever you can
#2 It Should Come Naturally Work Hard, Effort is Key
#3 Hide Your Mistakes, Run from Difficulty Learn from Mistakes & Persevere


Why should I have a growth mindset?

Simple... people who have a growth mindset achieve more in life whether it be in sport or music or acting or business or exam results. They achieve more because they have RESILIENCE. This means when things get hard they don’t give up, they hang in there and keep practicing and give it another shot until they make it right.

Michael Jordan, the world’s most famous basketball player was not regarded as being a naturally gifted player. In fact he was dropped from his high school team. However Jordan had loads of RESILIENCE. He was quoted as saying:

"I have missed more than 9000 shots, lost almost 300 games, on 26 occasions been entrusted to take the winning game shot... and missed. I have failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed"

He listened to advice from those with experience, never stopped trying and continually kept practicing to improve the skills that he did have. It paid off for him in the end!

Einstein is another example of not giving up. People make the mistake of assuming it was easy for Einstein to be the world’s most famous scientist because he was born very intelligent. The point they are missing is that Einstein had to carry out YEARS of research and getting things wrong before he got things right. Again he had RESILIENCE!

Make no mistake about this, success does not come easy. You have to work at it no matter what. Click here to access a recent article which addresses some of the common misconceptions when it comes to mindset.


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