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Dec 14, 2015

Episode 008: The Adventure of Mindsets Part 2

Becky and Diana continue their 4 part series on the book Mindset by Carol Dweck. In this episode they discuss abilities and resilience.

  • The 2 mindsets look at abilities differently.
    • Fixed Mindset - Talent will take me where I need to go.
    • Growth Mindset - If I work hard, I can go anywhere.
  • Fixed Mindset is not always negative, in many cases it is comfortable and non-threatening.
  • Growth Mindset is not always positive, because it can be hard to stay in the present moment.
  • The power in Failing Forward
    • Fixed Mindset sees failing as personal. Something is wrong with me. Somebody did something wrong. It’s also about blame.
    • Growth Mindset sees failing as a learning experience.
      • Thomas Edison taught us the power of surrounding ourselves with people who compliment our abilities so we can be successful.
      • His life also shows us that there is freedom in starting over
    • Are you holding on to things you should let go of?
    • If you learn something from a situation that didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to, it’s not failure.
    • When you learn from failure, you start learning what’s important to you.
    • Uniquely Brilliant minds sometimes seem to shut down and be still.
      • When that happens, embrace it.
      • Figure out what you can do to get past the shut down.
      • Strategy: begin naming everything in your surroundings to help bring you back to the moment.


Podcast referenced in this episode: Hack the Entrepreneur with Jon Nastor. Jon asks interview subjects about how they handle the entrepreneurial gap – jumping from one project to the next without taking the time to recognize what they accomplished in their last project.



Another way to figure out your Mindset is by examining how you react to failure. People with growth mindsets see failure as a learning experience. People with fixed mindsets see failure as personal, that something is wrong with them, that they are not good enough.