Taking on daily tasks and activities with the right mindset can make the difference between success and failure. According to Carol S. Dweck, people with a fixed mindset believe that intelligence and talents cannot be changed. These people tend to avoid challenges, give up easily and believe that extra effort is pointless. On the other hand, those with a growth mindset believe that intelligence can be developed, thus creating a hunger for learning and persistence when facing challenges. Having a growth mentality is essential for your successful career as it would help you develop and expand your capabilities. Here are a few tips from us on embracing a growth mindset:
Embrace Your Failures
When faced with failure, your first thought might be to give up. Sometimes you put in your best effort but still it doesn’t go the way you planned! In such a scenario, you should not let the situation prevent you from trying again. Having a growth mentality means seeing failure as a positive rather than a negative. Take the opportunity to learn from each mistake and improve your decision making. Even highly successful people like Oprah Winfrey faced failure – after being fired from her news anchor position, Oprah still went on to build a highly successful daytime talk show. When you face challenges in life, continue to persevere and NEVER give up!
Be Willing to Learn
People with a growth mindset will actively seek learning opportunities that will lead to career success. For some work, you might not be great at it right away, but try finding approaches and strategies that will work best for you! Research conducted by Tom Corley, a habit and wealth creation expert, shows that 85% of successful people tend to read two or more self-improvement or educational books per month. Another research has shown that 30% of executives believe that having a willingness to keep learning is the most necessary characteristic for an employee to possess in order to succeed. But it all starts with putting yourself out there and telling others that you are willing to learn. The next time you see your managers, show them that you are willing to improve yourself.
Seek Feedback From Others
Growth-oriented people are constantly finding ways to develop and challenge themselves. They do this by seeking feedback from others and thoughtfully unpacking the feedback they receive. Asking for feedback is extremely helpful for your personal growth – it demonstrates to your colleagues and boss that you care about your performance. However, you must be prepared to hear critiques and not get too offended by them. Rejecting feedback will cause others to be wary of providing any in the future. Take responsibility for your own growth – ask for opinions and learn from them!
These steps should be part of an ongoing process through your career journey instead of a one-time thing. Educating yourself on the difference between fixed and growth mindset is the first step. Embracing a growth mindset will make you succeed in your career!