It’s been said that the way you think affects your life experiences, and that includes your career. In order to achieve success, it’s important to have a mindset of growth where you believe you can always learn something new and improve yourself. If instead of accepting limitations on what you can learn or be successful at, you adopt the mindset of mastery then not only will gaining knowledge be easier but those around you will also see a drastic improvement in your performance.
Here are 13 reasons why having a growth mindset is important to your success:
1. You will be more open to learning new things in any area of your life.
Learning is an essential part of life, and staying open to learning helps you develop the skills necessary for a career. However, according to psychologist Carol Dweck, having a growth mindset means being able to see obstacles and difficulties as things that can be overcome.
The more difficult the task or problem you face, the more apt you are not to give up when faced with an obstacle. Instead of becoming discouraged at challenges, having the mindset of growth means knowing that there will always be something new for you to learn and improve upon.
2. You will be more motivated to work hard on your goals.
Having a growth mindset means believing that no task is too hard or impossible to achieve, and also believing that you can grow as you go along. Furthermore, if you believe you will always be learning new things then you will be able to work harder toward reaching your goals. You may have success at the start, but there’s always more for you to do in order to achieve the greatest heights of success.
3. You will be more motivated to work with others.
In life, and within your career too, you are likely to be working with other people who have different skillsets to you. Being able to compromise with these people and work together as a team is often necessary, so having a growth mindset will help you achieve this in the long run. If instead, you are closed-minded about working with others or unwilling to compromise on certain ideas then there’s a higher chance that your team members may leave or turn on their own power within the group.
4. You will be more confident in your own abilities.
Being able to put yourself out there and take on new responsibilities is often necessary for career success. If you are closed-minded about your abilities, then you are likely to find a lot of tasks too hard and either give up or hand off responsibilities that you could have handled.
The more confident you are in your abilities, the more likely it is that you will take on new tasks, responsibilities and responsibilities.
5. You will have better relationships.
Being closed-minded or not willing to accept new ideas and opinions can lead to unhappy relationships. If someone disagrees with you, then it’s possible that they could leave the relationship in frustration if you’re unwilling to compromise or accept their ideas. You can’t grow as a person if you always believe the same way.
Always be open to learning from others and sharing ideas. Also, never be so stubborn that you can’t accept revisions or workarounds for things you find undesirable.
6. You will be more confident in the workplace itself.
Being able to work with a variety of people is often required in any workplace but what’s even more important is having the personality and attitude to adapt to different people and their styles when necessary. If you are closed-minded about people and will occasionally find yourself getting frustrated by difficulty or when others have different ideas than you, then it could affect your confidence in the workplace. You may be less inclined to make new connections if you don’t believe that there are opportunities to learn.
7. You will become a better leader.
What good is it to have a boss if they don’t allow you to take on new challenges? A great leader will allow their employees to grow and to take on new responsibilities. If you’re closed-minded then not only are you unlikely to do well, but also you will be difficult for your bosses or other management to work with. No one is perfect, and being able to accept that different people have different ideas than yourself is key when trying to lead a group of people.
8. You’ll be happier.
Millennials have the opportunity to be flexible in their careers, meaning that they are likely going to progress differently than those who came before them. They may take different paths or change their jobs more often than generation X. All of these factors can affect your mental health, but if you’re able to roll with the punches and accept those around you for who they are, life can get only better because of it.
9. You will earn more money.
Like it not, money makes the world go around. We can’t help but to place our society’s value on a dollar sign and make our living conditions better with what we earn without any real reason other than “more is better.” In contrast to this thought process, those of us who are satisfied with where we’re at in life know that it’s not really about the amount of money you can accumulate as much as it is how you use your money.
10. You will have a better quality of life.
Those who have the growth mindset could be happier and more satisfied with life if they feel that they are continually improving themselves, and not only in the career sense but also in all aspects of their life. It’s another way to become the best version of yourself each day without becoming complacent or settling for less than what you truly deserve.
11. You will be happier in relationships.
Those with the growth mindset will be more accepting of themselves and their strengths and weaknesses. They will be less prone to comparing others to their own accomplishments, and being self-willed this way may lead to better relationships with others. If you are looking for a potential partner that you can continually build and improve upon, then the growth mindset could show up in your relationship.
12. You will be more trustworthy in business.
When you don’t take yourself too seriously, you are more likely to be accommodating toward others and their ideas. This attitude will show that you’re more open-minded than someone who already thinks they know everything. In business, those who are willing to listen and change are often the ones who have the best relationships with those around them.
13. You will have an easier time finding a career that’s right for you.
To some findings, a career is stressful, while to others it can be a blessing in disguise. It all depends on how you focus on your work and what you think about the goals in your life. If you are closed-minded and only see a career as one that is meant to make money, then you will be more likely to not consider other options in your life. You will either end up stuck doing something that doesn’t interest you or else going through long stretches of unemployment, which can result in discouragement and an overall feeling of failure.
What is the difference between the growth mindset and the fixed mindset?
The difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset is simple.
For individuals who have a fixed mindset, they believe that their intelligence, talent, and abilities are determined by the environments in which they were raised. They also believe that whatever they experience during the school years is permanent throughout their lives. On the other hand, individuals with the growth mindset, believe that their abilities are not fixed but can be developed with effort. They also know that while environments do have an impact on them, it is only temporary.
Examples of Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset
If you are learning something new a growth mindset will increase your learning while a fixed mindset will keep you where you are.
If you have a fixed mindset about your talent and ability you will expect to perform in an environment that is inappropriate, for example, if you are performing in the arts and a subject specialist requests a math question from you in school, without realizing that you are an artist, your response would be confusion and frustration.
If you have a growth mindset about your talent and ability, you will be willing to learn the subject, as well as be willing to re-try the subject in another environment more appropriate for artistic performance.
The biggest problems with the fixed mindset
Even though they may have successful careers at one point in their life, they do not allow for growth. If you don’t like the career path that you are on, it is very difficult to get off that path unless the situation presents itself to allow for change.
It is hard to make changes and seek new opportunities when you are on a fixed mindset. You would have to be forced off your current path before you even think about seeking out new possibilities.
Dylan vs Pavarotti (fixed mindset vs growth mindset).
Dylan is a 25-year-old man who loves music. He has been playing the guitar for over a year and loves to perform. Dylan practices every day in hopes of becoming good at guitar. Dylan does not want to be a professional performer, but he loves to perform for his family and friends.
Pavarotti is a 59-year-old man who loves music. He has been playing the guitar for over a year and loves to perform. Pavarotti wants nothing more than to be famous like other great performers. Pavarotti practices every day in hopes of becoming good at guitar and performing for thousands of people every night.
Having a growth mindset is important to your success because it is one of the biggest factors in helping to define you as a person. It is also an important part of your overall happiness and well-being, so it’s worth considering whether you need to make some changes in this area.
By keeping these things in mind, you will have an easier time being flexible with others, feel more satisfied with your own abilities and understand that life can be more enjoyable if you are willing to adapt and change.
In the end, your mindset is an important part of who you are as a person because how you deal with difficult situations and respond to stress in your life is going to be based on how you think about yourself.
If you want to learn more about the growth mindset, we have an excellent resources available that will teach you how to develop it, being available free of charge. Check out our guide to developing a growth mindset that will you help you through some of the key concepts that are necessary to have a growth mindset.