Does Mindset translate into Success?

Introduction

Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime.

-Anne Richie

In the eyes of someone aiming for a more prominent role in life, this statement (if not seen for its life lesson), may incur some turned up noses and disgust.

But for the minds who are truly open, will surely see the power in the statement. What I see is a growth mindset and Success. If that was not the first thought you had, that’s fine. Because I am about to share something with you that will completely change your life.

There was a  little girl who strived for excellence. She studied hard and got very good grades and not once did she failed. This little girl was accustomed to constant academic excellence. But one day she experienced failure and she could not handle it. She questioned her intelligence and who she was. She thought she was a failure. But then this little girl grew up and she learned something new. She Learned that failing doesn’t mean the end.  It actually means a greater chance for success.

Can you relate to this story? Well, I can, because the little girl was me. It may not have been the exact scenario that played out in your life, but if you have been there you will understand the importance of Mindset to success. I sure did.

But now that we mention mindset, what exactly is it? and How is linked to success and what is a success anyway?

Dictionary.com defines mindset as “an attitude, disposition, or mood or an intention or inclination”. They also define success as “the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals.”

Now that we have some understanding of the two terms lets explore why they actually work together.

Carol Dweck-The two Mindset

Carol Dweck, author of the book “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” discovered something incredible. She discovered a deeper understanding of what Mindset was and came to the conclusion that there were two. The first thing she discovered was that our responses to a scenario may differ and these responses can be broken into a Fixed mindset or a growth mindset.

The Individual with a Fixed mindset, is of the view that certain attributes are fixed and as a result, they have to constantly prove ourselves. The individual with a growth mindset, on the other hand, is built on the idea that you can create opportunities for yourself by applying your efforts, skills, and experience.

In other words, what is so remarkable about the two mindsets is how situations are perceived and then handled. Remember my story about the girl, well if you think back you will realize she possessed those two mindsets and as you can tell one did not work in her favor.

The truth that came to light from the discovery above (by the way you should read the book, it is remarkable) is none other than we can hold ourselves back from achieving a goal or dream if we look at situations with the view that we should only expect one result and if that result is not present it means no hope is left and we should abandon ship. Instead, we should develop a growth mindset, the ability to see roadblocks as motivation to really get to the place we desired.

It is very surprising how we can be hard on ourselves when we do not meet our own expectations. I know that all too well. You tell yourself you are not smart, question your intelligence, call yourself a failure and just overall throwing self-damaging words. Can you see how this type of mindset is not one that leads to success? I certainly can.

William Wadsworth Longfellow: Poet

The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
-William Wadsworh Longfellow

This American Poet was able to bring the concepts of mindset and success into one with this famous quote (a life changer for me). Without explicitly stating it he was able to confirm that the right mindset is necessary for success. It is not just any mindset but one that is built on hard work and in a nutshell doing what others are not doing. It is not hard to see the two in play here as Longfellow recognized and reminded us that great men, in other words, successful people are not formed in a short span of time. But the path to it is not easy and requires a mindset (there we go again) that is dedicated.

Darren Hardy: The Compound Effect

Darren Hardy’s compound effect book was introduced to me through a friend I had met 2 years ago. I was fascinated with the first chapter of the book “The Compound effect in action”. Hardy, shared with us off the bat what the road to success meant through the recount of his childhood.

This chapter went directly into addressing mindset and how important it was to success. “No pain, No Gain”, working harder, changing your current position, besting the competition by putting in more effort” and I could go on and on. But this is what Hardy expressed as the mindset to possess to experience any form of success.

This also ties greatly into Dwecks finding that we can change who we are and our position by activating the growth mindset. If you are not smart you can get smarter with hard work.

Success and mindset

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Mindset does Translate to Success

From the view of only just a few of the finest minds, you can see that the right mindset creates success. This is true because the right mindset will improve your perception of life on a whole and create behaviors that are successful and results driven.  It is also true, that great successes in any area in life requires an elevation of your understanding of failure and also your desires.

In addition, your actions must be driven by the desire to grow beyond the here and now.

 

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