Mindset according to Gary Klein is a belief that orients the way we handle situations — the way we sort out what is going on and what we should do.

There are two forms of mindset, a fixed mindset, and a growth mindset. The reason why many people are still struggling to improve on their level of growth and achievement is not that they are not capable, but because they have a fixed mindset rather than a growth mindset.

What do I mean by this? Robert Sternberg in his book “The Mindset” differentiate between people with a fixed mindset and those with growth mindset. He said:

“In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.”

Hmmm, deep words! I bet you, those words worth reading over and over again. It indeed shows the difference between great people and those who are not.

Yes, having a growth mindset is very key to greatness. A person with a growth mindset must possess the following attributes:


  1. Constant Improvement on Skills and Knowledge:

This is very important. What you know today will definitely be outdated tomorrow. Only constant learning and improvement will make you relevant in future. Talent is never enough, you need to include hard work and constant learning to what you know so that you can stand the test of time.


  1. Considering every Challenge as an Opportunity and not a Threat.

In the pursuit of your dream, challenges will surely come, but how you handle it matters.

How is it that successful people are able to persist through all of the stress, pain and knock backs that come with following their dreams? One word: Mindset. To be successful you must have a growth mindset, a mindset that sees challenges as opportunities for growth and expansion.

Do not run away from any challenge that comes your way, instead, face it. Think of ways to overcome it, keep trying till something good comes out of that situation. That’s what success entails.


  1. Think Positive Always.

Here this saying, “whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right. Your attitude determines your direction”.

That’s just the truth. Whatever your mind believes is what you will achieve. Your belief directs your thinking, and your thoughts are definitely your reality. Therefore, when pursuing your dream, it is very important to have a positive belief towards it. Believe it is possible, believe you can make it, believe you will succeed, so when challenges come your way, your belief will enable you to overcome.


Till next time, growth is life, endeavor to grow daily, growwithbolanle.


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