I am reading a book titled Jail House Strong written by Josh Bryant and Adam benShea in kindle. The Kindle book reader says to me that I have read eleven percent of the book. Till now the premise of the book speaks about two interesting mind sets—fixed and growth. Moreover, I thought I would share the views with you.
What is fixed and growth mindset?
People with a fixed mindset believe that they are born winners or losers. They think that talent and intelligence are fixed traits. Moreover, they feel that success is achieved through talent alone and not through hard work and development.
Now comes the interesting part. The author here explains about the growth mindset which I would like to quote verbatim.
”In the growth mindset, people believe they are not born winners or losers, but choosers. Perhaps the western writer and rugged individualist, Louis Lamour, explains this mindset best: “Up to a point a person’s life is shaped by environment, heredity, and changes in the world about them. Then there comes a time when it lies within their grasp to shape the clay of their life into the sort of thing they wish to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune or the quirks of fate. Everyone has the power to say, ‘This I am today. That I shall be tomorrow. Through dedication and work ethic, anyone can develop both talent and intelligence to their limitless potential. The growth mindset spawns overreaching greatness. In athletic performance, science demonstrates that when an athlete believes in his or her competition plan, the athlete is more likely to achieve success.
I endorse the above views on the growth mindset. I cannot relate to a fixed mindset. Moreover, although I find myself to doubt my ability I never step back. I always want to give it an honest try. Moreover, I believe having doubts is good for oneself. For, when in doubt you try to overcome it by giving your best. However, unaddressed fear can backfire and bring down your performance. Perhaps, we walk a tightrope. Either you get strong or you lack the strength.