The Most Powerful Mindset for Success


There is a psychological trait that all successful
people appear to have in common. It’s been cosigned by Bill Gates and NASA
uses it as a criteria for selecting potential Systems Engineers. This concept is called the growth mindset,
a term originally coined by Carol Dweck. People with the growth mindset believe that
intelligence or skill, in any field, can be developed through effort. Basically, they believe that anyone can nurture
their abilities in anything. The inverse of the growth mindset is the fixed
mindset. People with this mindset believe that intelligence
and skill are innate: it’s something that we’re born with. We’re either born gifted or not; there is
no room for change. Basically, they believe intelligence is fixed
from birth. In this essay, we’ll explore why the growth
mindset is the better one and how we can develop it. So, we talked a little about what the growth
mindset is: the belief that intelligence and skill, in any field, can be developed. But, let’s also talk about what it’s not. It’s not magic. It won’t help you get everything that you
want out of life and it won’t make you the next Elon Musk or Steve Jobs. However, it is a very powerful lens with which
to see the world and it can improve the probability of your success. All of us are a mixture of both the growth
and fixed mindsets. In some areas of our lives, we operate with
the growth mindset. In others, we operate with the fixed mindset. Because of this, I want you to think of both
mindsets like a pair of glasses. Some people wear the growth glasses more often
and others wear the fixed glasses more. However, we all wear both in different situations
in our lives. Although, we should all strive to wear the
growth ones much more than we wear the fixed ones. But, why? Well, a lot of research seems to suggest that
people with the growth mindset are more successful than people with the fixed mindset. For example, a study found that “Students who held a growth mindset were
three times more likely to score in the top 20% on the test, while students with a fixed
mindset were four times more likely to score in the bottom 20%.” Another study found that when 7th graders
participated in a growth mindset program, they were able to avoid a drop in grades which
usually occurs in middle school. People with the growth mindset are much more
resilient which allows them to overcome challenging and difficult situations. Because they prioritize learning over failure,
they are unafraid to take risks. They prioritize growing over stagnation. On the other hand, people with the fixed mindset
don’t want to challenge themselves because they believe talent and intelligence are fixed. They look at failure as an assault on who
they are as a person. To them, lack of knowledge is an indicator
of stupidity and failure once means failure always. A person with the growth mindset believes
that they are always in a state of flux and transformation; so, they don’t attach their
identity to their results. Instead, they focus on the process of growing
and learning. Few people will deny that the growth mindset
seems to map nicely onto reality. We know that the brain can continue to learn
until the day we die, thanks to the field of neuroscience. It also seems quite intuitive that people
must work hard and persevere, despite obstacles, to end up being successful. So, the growth mindset seems to be a much
more accurate view of reality than the fixed mindset. People with the growth mindset are living
in greater accordance with reality than people with the fixed mindset. They can make truer decisions where as a person
with the fixed mindset lives in a greater state of delusion. What do I mean by this? Imagine two entrepreneurs: one has the growth
mindset and one has the fixed mindset. They are both in the early stages of their
entrepreneurial journey. Suddenly, they both encounter a roadblock
and are forced to make a decision. The one with the fixed mindset see’s the
long and arduous journey ahead of her due to the roadblock. The journey is in the way of what matters
to her: the result. She believes that entrepreneurship should
come easy to those who are destined for it. She decides to quit. The one with the growth mindset see’s the
long and arduous journey ahead of her and smiles. The journey is the way for her; the journey
is what matters. Taking the role of a student, she accepts
the long and arduous path as her teacher. She will allow it to mold her into the person
she needs to become, to achieve the results she desires. She decides to persist. When we look at both of these examples, most
of us would agree that the entrepreneur with the growth mindset has a greater understanding
of reality. Her decision is truer. We know that things take time, effort, and
strategy to achieve but it’s often difficult to put that kind of thinking in to practice. So, how can we develop the growth mindset? The first key to developing a growth mindset
is actually very simple: understanding that it exists and that it’s possible for the
brain to change. Neuroscience has shown that our brains are
not fixed, and, in fact, they are very malleable. We can always grow and learn new skills. For example, a study found that taxicab drivers
developed more grey matter in their brains to help them navigate more effectively in
large cities. They also found that the amount of grey matter
in their brains was correlated with the number of years that they had been working as a taxi
driver. This suggests that the act of driving a taxi
led to changes in their brains which allowed them to be more effective at their job. The second key is to focus on process over
results. Dweck has said that we should praise others
for their efforts and their process, rather than praising them for their results. For example, it’s better to say, “you studied very effectively for that test
and your hard work really paid off,” rather than, “you’re so smart, you got an A!” In the former example, we’re focusing in
on and praising the student’s process which is something that they can control. Hopefully, they’ll learn to associate themselves
and their results with the process. However, in the latter example we praised
the student for a result which is, ultimately, out of their control. Unfortunately, this student will likely begin
to associate themselves with the result. I think it’s really important to emphasize
that it’s not easy to pass a growth mindset on to others. It’s not as simple as telling someone that
they’re a hard-worker and that they just need to put in the effort. They need to internalize that they can change
their results by changing their process. So, they need to know how to effectively create
a process, alter it, and produce results from that process. My solution to this is to keep a journal. Pick an activity that you want to get really
good at. For example, let’s say that I want to get
really good at math. In the journal, I would write down my process
for studying mathematics. I would list out the steps and put a quantifiable
measurement to as many things as I can. For example, my process might look like this:
* review my notes once a day, * do 10 practice problems a day,
* read the textbook for 60 minutes a day, * and meet with my professor for 30 minutes
a week. So, my process has been solidified and everything
has been quantified. Now, I need to designate a result that I’m
looking for; I need a target to aim at. Let’s say that I’m looking for a grade
of 80% or higher on my next exam. When I get my exam mark back, I compare it
to my goal. If it’s higher, than I know my system works. But, I can still go back and alter parts of
it to see if I can do even better. Or, I can try and optimize it. Maybe I can spend less time reading the textbook,
and more time doing practice problems. If my grade comes back lower, I definitely
need to go back and refine my process. I believe this method of keeping a journal,
creating a process, and refining it until the desired outcome is achieved will help
promote a growth mindset. It keeps our mind focused on a changeable
process. The results are measured and paid attention
to only as an indicator of how well our process works. The process either works as intended or it
doesn’t, but it says nothing of the person. The process is always malleable. It’s not that it doesn’t work, it just
doesn’t work yet. I think another good idea is to seek advice
from peers and teachers. Look for those in the same position as you
or those who have already done what you’re trying to do. Ask them about their process and see how your’s
measures up. You might find things that they do, or have
done, that you would like to adopt into your process. Read books about people you admire. Try to find details about their process that
you can incorporate into your own. Lastly, do challenging things. To even have a chance of fostering the growth
mindset, you have to step outside of your comfort zone. People who don’t leave their comfort zone
begin to believe that their success is due to innate talent, because everything comes
so easy to them. For example, a student who is never challenged
in school will begin to believe that they are innately smart. “I get A’s, therefore I’m smart” they
might say. The result comes so easy to them that they
don’t even think about the process. Unfortunately, all they see is the result
and they get attached to that. When they, inevitably, get a bad grade they
will think that they’re dumb. They lose faith in themselves because they
didn’t get the result that they’re used to receiving so easily. On the other hand, going outside of your comfort
zone forces you to adopt the growth mindset to avoid shattering under the weight of adversity. You have to focus on and adjust the process,
because you can’t possibly achieve the result you desire with your current process. By definition, that’s what it means to step
out of your comfort zone. So, now you know about the growth mindset,
why it’s important, and some ideas on how to develop it. Keep in mind that it takes a lot of effort
to develop and that it’ll always be a battle to avoid falling into the fixed mindset. People will say certain things, or things
will happen, that trigger a fixed mindset in us. It’s important to notice when this is happening
and try to avoid getting fixed in place. I’d like to close out with this quote from
Carol Dweck, …the path to a growth mindset is a [lifelong]
journey, not a proclamation.

100 thoughts on “The Most Powerful Mindset for Success

  • Happy Holidays everyone! Hope you all had a great 2017 and here’s to a better 2018! I’ll see you again in the new year 🙂

  • Is comprehensive… What is funny is classism is never mention. Is very easy to be smarter when a person have wealth. A driver who takes a student to a private school. Tools like workbooks, tutors, cliff notes, the difference of buying a new text book with software vs. a used one. Money buy demograhips the difference of living in a gang infested area versus children driving luxury cars. Sad to say it but success is so much about who you know not what you know.

  • There is a catch. Michael Jordan had the growth mind set. He tried MLB. He failed. If the growth mind set push you away from your natural talent you might end up paying a price. Also note that people with the growth mind set being more successful and thinking it is because of the mindset is bias. Very smart people who are easy learners will have higher odds to have a growth mind set than those who struggle to learn. On top of that neglected and verbally abused children will also tend to have a fixed mindset and will have difficulties in every area of their life due to mental health issues.
    Video is great, I strongly agree with all that has been said but if you were born with Tesla gifts don't try to be a Floyd Mayweather thinking that you can learn boxing if you work hard enough because there might be a few millions working as hard as you.
    At the end no mindset will beat common sense.

  • This heavily relates to a Philosophy I live by, which is 2000 year old concept first developed by the greatest Greek minds of all time.

    This Philosophy is known as Stoicism and in a nutshell, It is perceiving a problem or obstacle in a positive way. As a chance to get better and improve yourself or turn it into a potentially profitable experience either, financially or to develop as a person. And finally, having the absolute will to achieve it.

    I recommend reading Ryan Holiday's book 'The Obstacle is the Way'
    He puts this complicated concept into easy to understand Terminology, and also adds numerous famous people throughout history who have achieved great things applying this concept.

    Book has changed my life, would recommend to anybody, especially people who are going through a hard time or have a habit of reacting negativly to obstacles in life that they face 🙂

  • I think this is all useless because people with a fixed mindset won’t bother changing their mindset, cause they have a fixed mindset.

  • Right on point! Last year I was thinking about the "process" and decided to incorporate some fun and creativity along side the "process". This new creative process is a totally new learning project all by itself. (Im such a stickler) However, I figure then I bring it all together it will enable me to be more productive comfortable and "fixed" lol. And in the mist of these two projects a third idea emerged. Oh how things can evolves and take on a life of its own.

  • This video is a great summary of the mindset book by Carol S. Dweck. It even adds new practical information to adapt to the growth mindset. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • One f the best vid i have ever played.. Cause this things have been really my imagination and an agenda to argue with my friend who belive talent and iq is inate…. Thnks for the vid its really an inspiration for me and and big reason to believe myself 😇 peace out

  • THANK YOU FOR THIS AMAZING VIDEO + AMAZING INFORMATION NOW THAT I UNDRESTAND THIS BETTER I WILL APPLY THE GROWTH MINDSET INTO MY COLLEGE STUDIES TO GET BETTER GRADES AND IN MY CAREER THAT I AM CURRENTLY WORKING ON IT TAKES ALOT OF LEARNING AND PRACTICE THIS REALLY MADE ME CONFIDENT I CAN DO IT !

  • You only have to do it once, that is to put your own history in focus and put your beliefs under rigorous scrutiny. Personally, it was shocking to discover the multitude of lies and false information that we have been fed throughout our lives. So many self limiting beliefs which evolved into reality and are blindly taken as proven ideologies.
    I think it is time to abandon the survivalist approach towards goal setting. If you believe in a growth mindset then It is important to familiarize yourself with your core cognitions, specially your reasoning abilities. The entirity of learning can be reduced down to a few simple analogies, noticing the relative side of things instead of chasing the absolute will accelerate your progress

  • the glasses metaphor is excellent. And the insight about praising people for their process rather than results.

  • Video made possible by Brilliant.
    Growth mindset :
    – Brain keeps changing and malleable.
    – Knowing failure is part of learning process.
    – There is no fears to keep trying until the target is achieved, by being resilient.
    – Focusing not on result, but on progress, perfecting overtime.

    – Chance of success increases because there is abundance of attempts.
    – There is always flux and transformation.
    – Working hard, persevere, and discipline is a lifestyle.

    – Write down process for getting the target. List down the steps and put a quantifiable measurement to as many things as possible that are executable.

    – Get out of comfort zone.
    – Look for advice from relevant people who has achieved what we want, then incorporate them into our own.
    – On the way we will encounter people trying to get us to "Fixed Mindset", ignore them.
    – Liked and subscribed.

  • The 5 Rules To Truly Believe You Can Succeed 
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/palomacanterogomez/2019/05/06/the-5-rules-to-truly-believe-you-can-succeed/#5fb5e8e85b2e

  • My first step into a growth mindset by moving out of my comfort zone and commenting on a video. It's now or never right?

  • So top 20% test scores went to growth mindset, bottom 20% went to fixed mindset. What kind of mindset did the other 60% have? There is no 100% growth or 100% fixed, because all mindsets are mixed so the 60% can't be mixed. Good video though.

  • 722 subscribers, that’s my birthday and lucky number. The contents in this video has changed and will change my life, I have a bunch of things I never though would be possible, I am struggling for a bunch of other things I once thought were impossible, but are now very possible. It’s the matter of time

  • Their is a new subject in my school and only 3 classes get it
    it focuses on having a growth mindset and different things like that
    im reallybp enjoying it as it goes hand in hand with what ive learnt on youtube

  • This is exactly what i needed to hear right now . The information in this video isn’t new to me. But , i needed to be reminded because i was straying away and focusing on a fixed mindset. This is something to always remember , every single day, especially when you’re feeling discouraged . I appreciate all the great videos and i will continue watching them. ❤️

  • I currently work as a Scrum Master with a software development team and this is such an excellent video

  • If you lived in the Southern States of America the Entire culture is centered around the Fixed Mindset view. Hmm possibly why they never develop

  • 6:12 in my country the education system is so shit you wouldnt be able to do such things like these as sometimes there are 3 tests next day and to learn for them all is just immposible

  • Remember when YouTube didn't give use commercials from scammers? Youtube behaves like it hates channels that are trying to help people by demonetizing them and applying commercials to them from scammers which could make the channel look worse to people

  • I really enjoyed this video. In fact, I really enjoy this channel. This video really helps reinforce this idea of having a growth mindset is better because I've always felt that I've had more of a fixed mindset, albeit unintentionally and unwillingly. But now, because of certain factors in my life, and a willingness for learning, and even this video, I feel I am on the path to a better growth mindset.

  • I watched this video because I wanted to know what is the most powerful mindset. Does this mean I am a growth mindset?

  • Are you fucking kidding me? I get two youtube ads plus your brilliant ad to watch a 10 minute video?

    Fuck that.

  • Everyone watching this has growth mindset because if not you would not have considered listening him

  • I don’t plan on surviving this fall so I’m not going to be a slave or prisoner again…not sure if you care…but still I’m not going to blame this jump on you.

  • I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let… lets evolve, let the chips fall where they may.

  • From childhood I always thought that anyone can learn anything that they want. Woooow this just confirmed this is official

  • The mind is just like muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.

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