Growth by most definitions is an increase of some sort or another. Growth means starting at one point and continually achieving more over time. The growth mindset is no different. The concept of the growth mindset is that over time and throughout one’s life, they continually adapt, change, and achieve a higher level of understanding about themselves and how they perceive themselves. This growth is due to the fact that they are generally able to identify their faults and weaknesses as well as understand their strengths.
They accept the fact that they have these deficiencies, however, they are not satisfied with them, therefore they attempt to fix them or change them. This mindset that one is never done growing, learning, developing or bettering themselves is the basis for the “growth mindset” and the epitome of what these types of individuals stand for. The ideal example of a person that would have to have a growth mindset is a golfer. Every golfer knows that they could always do better the next time. Whether it be a missed put or a shanked nine iron, there is no such thing as a perfect round.
Without a growth mindset, an individual would just give up after their first round. They live by the motto that failure isn’t okay, but it isn’t the end either. They will try over and over again, hoping to achieve a different and better outcome the next time. No outcome is fixed in the eyes of these individuals. In the eyes of individuals with a “fixed mindset”, the outcome is what it is. If the outcome is not a complete success, it is a complete failure. There is little to no middle ground for people with a fixed mindset.
Can the growth mindset help people fulfill their potential more effectively than the fixed mindset? Dweck argues that the growth mindset will allow a person to live a less stressful and more successful life. When, in a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. Dweck mentions how effectively the growth mindset can be, than a ...
These are the people who often get great grades, have great performances, and are told all their life that they are great individuals. These feelings of greatness are completely demolished as soon as these individuals encounter any amount of failure or let down. To people with a fixed mindset, things are usually black or white, seldom do they associate within the realms of gray. Improvement is not an option for those that have adapted this type of mindset. They believe you are either born with a skill or you are not. They do not believe that a skill can be developed and honed for a better result.
For this reason, when failure occurs, they simply accept the outcome and choose not to attempt to better themselves for alternate outcome. These mindsets are often formed at a very early age. Parents praise their children for what they are great at and often neglect encouragement for what their children are not good at. These individuals also believe that their mindset cannot be changed. Growth or fixed, what kind of mindset do I have? Well, I love to golf, and the good Lord knows that I am far from perfect…ever! I am still in school, going back to get my masters in teaching, which means I am not satisfied with where I am at in my career.
I am striving to do better after 37 years of trials and errors and multiple failures. I have refused to settle for anything and continue to take on challenges year after year. My four children are all different, yet I know not one of them is perfect. They all have flaws, and I encourage each one to do better the next time they attempt something. I am on my second marriage, a vast improvement from my first one. Again, I chose not to settle in a relationship that neither of us were happy in, and instead of believing I was a failure at relationships, I chose to make sure I did things better the next time around.
I believe that I am not a perfect husband or father, unfortunately I fail often. These failures only make be a better father and husband though, because I learn from them and make myself better for the next time. So, growth or fixed? Which am I? As much as I love to be successful, success does not define me, hold me back or limit me in any way. That being said, I suppose I have a “growth mindset”. This is a quality that I am proud of, and hopefully it will be something I can pass down to my children. The mind never stops growing…neither should the mindset.
They say the children are the future. Are the children the future and if so from what class do they come from? Does this apply to all children? I tell myself each day that I am somebody. Only God knows why he put me here. I know tha the put me here for a reason and for what ever reason that may be I will do everything i can do to fulfill his need and my duty. People look up to me for many reasons. ...