When it comes to personal and professional success, your mindset is the driving force behind everything. With a growth mindset, you'll be able to see the opportunity in every situation and recognize roadblocks as new experiences to learn and become a better version of yourself.
The opposite mindset, the fixed mindset, leads people to believe that qualities like intelligence and communication are innate. They often assume that successful individuals are naturally gifted and that their success is more a function of circumstance than personal development and hard work.
Growth mindset enables you to see yourself as an essential and influential piece of the puzzle in your career. You choose to believe that you can achieve anything if you put your mind and hard work to it.
Some of the world’s most renowned speakers, researchers, and athletes have advocated for growth mindset to be taught in schools. Here are some of our favorite quotes from them about growth mindsets.
Everyone is a mixture of fixed and growth mindsets. You could have a predominant growth mindset in an area, but there can still be things that trigger you into a fixed mindset trait. - Carol S. Dweck
The most imperative factor to take into consideration when practicing growth mindset is that nothing and no one is perfect. There is always room for improvement. Having a growth mindset isn’t just a quality to possess, but it’s an ongoing attitude. Practitioners of growth mindset often describe it as lifetime project of integrating positivity into your thinking process. Identifying your weakest areas is critical for your personal development and success.
There is no such thing as failure. There are only results. - Tony Robbins
When reality doesn’t suit our expectations, we are swift to view it as a failure. If you don’t get the expected results or are unable to reach a milestone, keep trying until you get the desired results or learn the required skills to progress to the next stage.
I like criticism. It makes you strong. - Lebron James
Feedback is a fundamental part of the learning process. An observer can identify your flaws quicker than you can. For Lebron James, his observers are his coach and teammates. Encouraging people to give you regular and candid feedback allows you to recognize areas for improvement and growth.
It’s not that I am so smart. It’s just that I stay with problems longer. - Albert Einstein
You only lose when you give up. As long as you keep trying, you’re bound to succeed. Failure takes you closer to your victory, as every time you fail, you identify the methods and techniques that don’t work and have the opportunity to try something different. Sometimes you might be tempted to think you’ve failed at something, when in reality, it’s just too early in the process.
If you are facing a new challenge or being asked to do something that you have never done before don’t be afraid to step out. You have more capability than you think you do but you will never see it unless you place a demand on yourself for more. – Joyce Meyer
We often lose hope on a goal when we don’t get immediate results or instant gratification. Persistence is as significant as hard work. Keep moving forward in the right direction until you reach your destination.
Failure is so important. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. – J.K. Rowling
Your success is completely dependent on your mindset. Most people have already accepted a certain expectation of where they could be and that expectation is often the thing that is holding them back the most.
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make a mistake. – Elbert Hubbard
Most people are so afraid of being wrong or making mistakes that they fail to try new things at all. A growth mindset leads us to take risks and chances in order to find the outcomes and opportunities for growth. If we are too fearful to take risks, we never have the experience of trying things we haven’t tried before. How can you grow without doing new things? Don’t fear the mistake, fear being stuck if you don’t try.
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain. - Vivian Greene
To think that we have seen and mastered it all is the biggest trap that holds most of us back from our full potential. There is always something to learn and every new lesson is a whole new experience.