November 8, 2016
A Fixed Mindset or a Growth Mindset
When it comes to success, it’s easy to think that people blessed with brains are inevitably going to leave the rest of us in the dust. But research from Stanford University will change your mind, and your attitude. We have explored the types of Growth Mindset that may occur.
Psychologist Carol Dweck has spent her entire career studying attitude and performance, finding that people’s core attitudes fall into one of two categories: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.
With a fixed mindset, you believe you are who you are and you cannot change. This creates problems when you’re challenged because anything that appears to be more than you can handle is bound to make you feel hopeless and overwhelmed.
People with a growth mindset believe that they can improve with effort. They outperform those with a fixed mindset, even when they have a lower IQ. This is because they embrace challenges, treating them as opportunities to learn something new.
Common sense would suggest that having ability, like being clever, inspires confidence. It does, but only while the going is easy. The deciding factor in life is how you handle setbacks and challenges. People with a growth mindset welcome setbacks with open arms.
According to Dweck, success in life is all about how you deal with failure. She describes the approach to failure of people with the growth mindset this way:
“Failure is information—we label it failure, but it’s more like; ‘This didn’t work, and I’m a problem solver, so I’ll try something else.”
Event management is as much about problem solving and creative thinking as managing events so approaching our work with a growth mindset and positivity in the face of setbacks would seem to be a reasonable expectation of our clients.