The attitudes and beliefs we have about ourselves are often referred to as a mindset and they can shape our view of the world.
Psychologist Carol Dweck first described two types of mindset that can have a big impact on how we live our lives: a ﬁxed mindset and a growth mindset.
With a ﬁxed mindset, we assume that basic qualities like our intelligence and talents are ﬁxed traits that we have no control over. We’ll say things like, “you either have it, or you don’t” and will stop trying when faced with a challenge.
With a growth mindset, we believe that new abilities can be developed through practise. We just have to keep trying and learn from our mistakes. On average, people who adopt a growth mindset, get better grades, do better in the face of challenges and are generally more successful.