Achieving a growth mindset is super rate, unfortunately. Just think about how many great leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs you know are suffering from a fixed mindset. The good news is that it’s not too late for you to turn your life around.
The 10 most famous people with a growth mindset are listed below for your convenience and to inspire you to transform yourself into one of them. Learning new skills and holding on to your dreams will be that much easier once you’ve adopted this mindset.
1. Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan is by far the most famous person with a growth mindset on this list. Many people in the public eye have a fixed mindset, and they want to achieve things that are too big for them. But why do those individuals always get stuck at the beginning stages of achieving their dreams? Michael Jordan says it’s because of their desire for security instead of pursuing growth:
“I would rather be loved than feared. I would rather be respected than liked. And I would rather be a nobody than a somebody who is not.”
2. Steve Jobs
“Douglas Fairbanks, when asked what he considered his greatest performance, said, ‘I’ve stepped in front of the camera without an understudy.'” ~Genius Steve Jobs once said in an interview that he never thought he was smart enough for the job, and it did not really matter to him if he succeeded or failed. He was truly that confident in his abilities and his dreams. It’s no wonder he was such a powerful and successful man.
3. Richard Branson
Richard Branson, the CEO of Virgin Group, a multi-billion dollar company, has lived up to his name as the “Captain of the Ship.” He does what he wants in life without worrying about what other people think or say. He always tries to help others and bring them happiness. He remembers that failures are learning experiences and are not be taken as failures.
4. Fred Smith
Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, the company which is arguably the most successful express delivery service in the world, is a true hustler. He has relentlessly pursued his goals and dreams no matter how difficult they may have been at times. He believes that every step up in life is challenging. His advice: “If you’re afraid to fail, you won’t succeed.”
5. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah, the Queen of all Media, has inspired millions of people with her success and her vision for a better and more humane world. She always follows her heart, no matter what the challenge may be. Oprah does not really care about what everyone else thinks, because she knows she is doing what’s best for the world. She doesn’t give in to the pressures of others: “If you want to make a difference, be different.”
6. Albert Einstein
As the most famous scientist of all time, Einstein is an example for all of us. He has experienced failure may times in his life, but he kept trying and was able to change the world. When asked about mistakes, he replied “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10 000 ways that won’t work.”
7. J.K Rowling
When J.K Rowling was first planning to write the Harry Potter series, she was constantly rejected by publishers. She often had to wait for weeks, sometimes months for her rejection letters to arrive. One time a publisher told her that it would take six months until they decided if she could write the book at all! That’s why she finishes what she starts and just goes for it.
8. Colonel Sanders
Colonel Sanders, the founder of KFC, was a man who had a very clear vision for the company, but it did not make him rich. In fact he was bankrupt and single after he was divorced from his second wife. But he was able to achieve his dreams with hard work and all of the challenges that came his way. He once said: “The more I failed, the more I learned.”
9. Melanie Perkins
Melanie Perkins, founder of design software startup, Canva, is a fantastic example for all of us. She didn’t allow her vision, or lack thereof, to get in the way of achieving her goals. At one point she was only working from home and had to ask her friends and family to pay for her new computer. She failed over and over again until she got the job done.
10. Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest leaders and presidents in history, was not only a great visionary but also a person with a growth mindset. He said: “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Not until he was forced too did he truly upgrade his knowledge and skills.
If you achieve your goals, keep in mind that many setbacks will come your way and it’s not the end of the world if you had to fail over and over again. This is the whole point of life.
By adopting a growth mindset, you can turn your life around, and you can achieve your dreams and goals.