Some people just seem to be born to succeed. They appear to have an innate ability to grab the world with both hands and get what they want when they want it. They are called lucky, born with a silver spoon, or fortunate. They are publicly admired and secretly envied. They live life on their own terms and in their own time and they are no different than you or I.
Do you find that hard to believe? Well, you shouldn’t. Successful people have simply learned to look at the world in a different way. What’s more, this ability to look at the world differently is completely opposite than the way unsuccessful people look at the world. Those people who are successful have adopted what is often called a “growth mindset”. The outlook of less successful people is called a “fixed mindset”. The difference between these two approaches is the difference between getting what you want out of life or going without. Therefore, if you truly want to reach your goals, then you need to learn how to adopt a growth mindset.
A person with a growth mindset truly believes that intelligence can be developed throughout a lifetime. In this sense, a person with a growth mindset is always open to learning new things. A person with a fixed mindset, on the other hand, believes that intelligence is static and can never change. This causes a person with a fixed mindset to shy away from learning new things because they don’t want to appear foolish or less intelligent than they are. These two differences make all the difference when it comes to success or the lack thereof.
Growth mindset people tend to embrace challenges and are able to overcome obstacles because of their desire to learn and improve themselves. They see the effort of learning a new skill set as worthwhile. They also tend to accept criticism and own their own mistakes. They see the successes of others as a learning opportunity and admire others for their success.
All of this leads them to develop more skills and stronger skills than a person with a fixed mindset. They believe in themselves and in their ability to set their own course in the world. This free will gives them the freedom to go out and carve their own niche in the wall of success. So, if you desire to achieve your own goals on your own terms, then adopt a growth mindset and begin learning from the journey we call life.