In a fixed mindset people believe that their intelligence is fixed and static. Those who adopt a fixed mindset are more likely to:
- Want to PROVE intelligence or talent.
- Put in less effort to learn. Believe putting in effort is worthless.
- Stay in their comfort zone and avoid challenges to avoid failure.
- Quit easily at first failure, believing it is validation they will never master the talent.
- View feedback as personal criticism and ignore it. Hide flaws so as not to be judged by others.
- Feel threatened by the success of others.
In a growth mindset people believe that intelligence and talents can be improved through effort and learning. Those who adopt a growth mindset are more likely to:
- Want to IMPROVE intelligence or talent through life long learning.
- Put in more effort to learn. Believe putting in effort is worthwhile.
- Get out of their comfort zone and embrace challenges.
- Believe failures are just temporary setbacks and repetitions/opportunities to learn from.
- View feedback as an opportunity to learn.
- View others’ success as a source of inspiration.