Friday, June 29, 2012

The Benefit Of Having A Growth Mindset

A person with a closed mindset is not receptive to opinions, perspectives, or ideas that differ from their own. What they know, and how they think, is "fixed." Conversely, a person with a growth mindset is open to feedback, and different perspectives and ideas which may improve their efforts, results, or outlook.

You have met such individuals and simply thought of them as closed or open minded, but it goes much deeper than that.

Superficially, it suffices to reference them as "open" or "closed" in our character judgments, but the psychological roots of the assessment are far more insidious.

People who have a closed mindset can be like immovable objects left in the fast lane during commute hour; they slow the flow of traffic, causing disruption (and irritation) to productivity and group dynamics.

Those with a growth mindset, process, filter, evaluate, and extrapolate what's useful to them, in an effort to frame greater possibilities for themselves; creating a harmonizing effect with others.

Those with closed mindsets are constantly swimming upstream and miss out on valuable lessons and opportunities to establish meaningful connections with others.

People with growth mindsets accept the reality that they can be wrong.

Those with a closed mindset are notorious "know-it-alls" who are more concerned with how being wrong makes them look, than actually being wrong.

In short, a closed mindset is a liability. A growth mindset is an asset.

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