A Growth Mindset Theory

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“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” states, George Bernard Shaw one of the greatest playwright of the 1900,s (George, BrainyQuote). Having a growth mindset is the ability to grow through hard work and dedication. However the decision as to wether which is more important, the possession of a growth mindset or adapting to change has provided an intriguing argument. Which is the characteristic you should possess? Growth mindset is the valuable tool for young business professionals to possess due to it leading one to success and it doesn’t allow for any setbacks to become a major difficulty. A growth mindset helps in the learning of new subjects and skills, leading to overall success. In one of Carol Dweck's…show more content…
Setbacks often occur in the workplace or in life and a growth mindset will allow to overcome the difficulties. Two significant examples are Albert Einstein and Bill Gates. Albert Einstein could not speak until the age of four or read until the age of seven, being antisocial, mentally handicapped and rebellious natured resulted in his expulsion from school (Andal). Concisely, one of the biggest setbacks though not stopping him from winning the Nobel Prize and changing the face of physics. In addition, Bill Gates was a Harvard University dropout and the co-owner of a collapsed business, Traf-o-Data (Andal). Regardless of all setbacks the passion for computer programming turned this man into one of the youngest self made billionaires. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Quotes Bill Gates (BrainyQuote) portraying his success was partly due to his failures, particularly being anything in his previous business or in his personal life. Growth mindset also assists kids in the face of adversity. Angela Lee Duckworth and Carol Dweck conducted a study at West Point analyzing the success of grittier individuals in the face of challenges and misfortune. The two concluded a growth mindset develops grit facilitating long term goals and achieving them defeating any setbacks (Hochanadel and Finamore). In addition someone with a growth mindset views setbacks as an opportunity for learning, not as a natural presence. Take Thomas Edison for instance, being successful in the discovery of the light bulb, never getting it on his first try, making over 1,000 failed attempts (“Thomas Edison”). Edison did not count those attempts as a failure, but rather as education. He learned from each failed attempt and with his gritty mind, he eventually discovered the light bulb which is what makes him successful. A growth mindset leads one to

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