I recently began reading a book called Mindset in which the author divides people into two groups (mindsets).
Group 1, the so-called “fixed mindset” population, believes that success and achievement come primarily to people who are gifted with certain talents and abilities in a given area.
Group 2, the so-called “growth mindset” population, believes that success can be achieved by virtually anyone who is willing to apply effort and to learn things beyond what they are currently capable of doing.
The primary dividing line between these people is that the former shy away from things outside their comfort zone because they view failure as something negative, essentially a verdict against the notion of superiority they hold about themselves in their own minds. On the other hand, the latter group moves eagerly towards new challenges knowing they are likely to fail since they understand the only way to happiness is to continuously fail forward in the endless search to become your personal best at whatever you most love to do.
What is the irony to all of this?
It seems to me that only growth-oriented people would choose to pick up a book like this in the first place, thereby reinforcing the entire premise since if you are a fixed mindset person, you don’t look at a book like this as an opportunity to learn something new (or you do but it’s too scary so you put it down and move along to something else that reinforces what you choose to believe).