If you remember from the post (available here), someone who has a tendency toward a fixed mindset feels that he or she must always be perfect; never ask for help; get things done fast; and make them look easy every single day.
As you can imagine, it can be exhausting – especially at work.
But, there is a solution.
It is called the “growth mindset.”
People who tend toward the growth mindset believe that one’s basic qualities are simply a jumping off point. They believe in cultivating their skills for the long haul. And they – gasp – are okay with what might be considered “failure.” They are also – double gasp – okay with the idea of being what some might consider “ordinary.”
Now, if you read both the above and last week’s blog post about this, you are probably saying to yourself, “Wait a minute! I am totally a combination of both mindsets!”
And you are right. While the majority of individuals possess a little of both the fixed and growth mindsets at any given time, chances are you lean more toward one than the other.
So, how do you marry the best of both worlds at work?