When It Comes to Success, It's All About Attitude
Intelligence is a key to success, that's a certain fact. But, it turns out it isn't the most important or most correlative thing about a person when predicting success in life. More than IQ, it's actually a person's attitude that is a better indicator of success. And it's a so-called "growth mindset" that we should all hope we have.
As opposed to those with a "fixed mindset," someone with a growth mindset believes that they, and their circumstances, can change and improve with effort. Psychologist Carol Dweck found that those with fixed mindsets have a tougher time responding to defeat, while individuals with growth mindsets tend to label a failure as just another experience and an opportunity to learn. Read on for some tactics you can practice to develop a more growth oriented outlook.
Try your best to welcome setbacks as opportunities for growth and learning. According to Dweck, "Failure is information—we label it failure, but it's more like, 'This didn't work, and I'm a problem solver, so I'll try something else.'" Having the ability to look at a failure as an opportunity to learn something new is key.
Don't use "bravery"—or lack thereof—as an excuse to be stifled by your failings. Individuals with growth mindsets suffer from fear and uncertainty just like everyone else, but they also acknowledge that these are paralysing forces. The best way to overcome them? Do. Something. Don't overthink it, know that the time may never be perfect, and seize the opportunity when it comes your way.
On the path to success, there are countless unexpected bumps in the road. There will almost always be need to adjust and respond to unforseen circumstances. Being flexible and learning to pivot when necessary will allow you to stay active, rather than reactive.
What do you think of the importance of attitude? Do you have a growth or a fixed mindset? Share your thoughts below!