What is a growth mindset?
People with a growth mindset believe intelligence is not fixed but can be improved through effort and training. They have a passion to learn as much as they can and take each day as an opportunity to grow. Their ultimate goal is to become experts in their fields or industries. They view failures as temporary setbacks and welcome feedback that will help them improve.
They avoid comparing themselves to others, and they recognize that there are many factors outside their control that can affect how well they perform. They focus on what they can change and work hard to get better. They also tend to collaborate rather than compete with others.
Growth-minded individuals realize that they can't be defined by a single event—whether it was their SAT score, their divorce, or their IQ. Instead, they look at all the things they've accomplished and know that the road to success isn't always easy.
They have an unwavering belief that their efforts will pay off and they are capable of learning new skills, even if it takes time and practice. Whether it's fixing cars or playing the piano, they are determined to become experts in their field of interest. If they hear the voice inside them saying they can't paint, they ignore it and continue to try and improve. Among those who embody this mindset is artist Vincent Van Gogh, who was told he lacked talent but believed his art could be improved with practice.