People with growth mindset believe that anyone can be anything, that a person’s true potential is unknown and unknowable, that it’s impossible to foresee what can be accomplished with years of passion, toil, and training.
The belief that cherished qualities can be developed creates a passion for learning.
- Why wasting time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better?
- Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them?
- Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow?
- Why seem out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you?
The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.
< Reference: ‘Mindset, How You Can Fulfill Your Potential’ book by Dr. Carol S. Dweck. >