𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘄𝘁𝗵 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀𝗲𝘁
Updated: Apr 30
You cannot choose situations, but you can decide your mindset once they occur.
People with a Growth Mindset believe they can constantly improve. This approach requires dedication and diligence regarding your attitudes, behaviors, and outcomes over time.
A benefit of this approach is learning how to build resilience and how to improve decisions during your success, opportunities, and challenges.
“𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒈𝒓𝒐𝒘𝒕𝒉 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒔𝒆𝒕 𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒐𝒘𝒔 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒅𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒔.”
– Carol Dweck
This approach also encourages experimentation, since the there is a potential reward for trying with no lasting downside.
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗙𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗮 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘄𝘁𝗵 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀𝗲𝘁
First and foremost, you must believe in a growth mindset and its value. Perseverance is critical for success in wanting to gain knowledge more than fearing to face disappointment. Consider these tips to best engage this approach:
Strive to regularly learn and be challenged (e.g. take courses where you may not be the best, maybe even struggle to keep up)
Attempt new things and embrace change (e.g. visit new places, view unfamiliar media, and meet diverse people)
Remain positive and view challenges and deficiencies as eventual opportunities
Stay assured in your ability to grow, even when you cannot find the right answer
Practice gratitude and acknowledge wins (e.g. “Today, I faced my fear in order to try something scary”)
Recognize the approach is both external and internal - your desire to improve the business parallels the process of bettering yourself.
You may need to monitor yourself over many days until this approach becomes more natural. Any progress takes time and effort.
To help, encourage active effort and persistence over inherent traits (like intelligence) since they remain fixed while resolve can grow.
A growth mindset often leads to positive, long-term change, but sometimes can be counterproductive.
You may interact with people who seem unwilling to risk failure and be tempted to fight their perspective. However, you may discover that they already faced tribulations you should avoid.
The flexibility of a growth mindset also may leave you indecisive since there’s always the opportunity to trying something new.
To offset the potential for inaction:
Revisit the company’s vision and values which inspire any decisions
Determine the ideal outcome and how you will measure success
Realize that a decision is necessary to avoid the strategy paradox - never knowing everything and thus hesitating to act. A perfect solution left untried is useless.
As your startup evolves, so too will the challenges. Hiring people with a growth mindset will mean they evolve with the business.
Require some skills but be open to motivation and problem-solving attitudes. Many skills can be learned or professionally outsourced.**
A growth mindset allows you and the team to focus on developing the business and to persevere during various challenges.
* For the post on Solutions Approach, go here: https://bit.ly/3AuPRko
** For the post on Fractional Leadership, go here: https://bit.ly/36mriJn
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