Mindset — Gettin’ Back Up Again

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“I get knocked down, but I get up again
You’re never gonna keep me down…”

–     Lyric from “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba (circa 1997)

This week, we’re looking into the idea of mindsets, by looking at the book, Mindset; The New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol S. Dweck.

Dr. Dweck looks at the way we respond and sums it up this way.  A fixed-mindset person looks at risk as “nothing ventured, nothing lost.”  A growth-mindset person takes the polar position, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”  They might get knocked down, but they get up again, over-and-over-and-over!

The most encouraging part of Dweck’s research and the book is that a growth-mindset can be taught, cultivated and developed.  As she states, just 14 pages in to the book, “you can change your mindset.”

If you’re seeking to grow, and struggling to get there, this is empowering stuff, and the book is a great read for you as a leader and for your team, too.  The reason that’s critical is that organizations take on mindsets, too, based on the approach of the people leading them.

More on that tomorrow, as Lyric Month wraps up and the series on mindset continues.

Editor’s Note:  The Chumbawamba thing was difficult for me, but it really does illustrate the difference in the mindset conundrum.  Forgive me.  I’ll try to make it up to you tomorrow!  

 

 


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