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Want to succeed? It starts with a Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset is a belief that intelligence and talent is simply a starting point towards success and actual success comes from the effort put into learning, experimentation, and persistence. Growth mindset also relates to the fact that our brains are able to expand and essentially change by introducing new habits and new routines into our lives – or what neuroscientists call neuroplasticity.

People with a growth mindset are motivated to learn and grow. They tend to bounce back from obstacle and failures must faster and more determine than those who see failure as the end. They learn from their failure and then again build the next strategy. They look at failures as opportunities to learn and improve their knowledge base. Why it is essential for success in life and work?

People who are most motivated to learn and achieve something in life, are not the ones who believe they are the smartest in the room and – these are the people who know and believe that they can enhance their abilities with hard work.

People with growth mindset understand the following:

  • Success and failure are part of the process. The only thing important is a genuine effort to keep going and find a solution to the problem at hand.

  • The process of learning is all about perseverance, correcting and growing along the way to success.

  • No one knows everything at the start and there is no need to. You can learn things as you progress in life. The key is to keep going and adjusting as needed.

  • Talent can be inborn and but will take you only so far in life. It is skill building and practice which is more important than inborn talent. Hard work will always beat talent if talent does not work.

  • Most things in life take time, process is required to achieve success and process takes time. There is no such thing as an overnight success story.

Life is one big learning curve; we live to learn, fail and reach success.

Having a growth mindset means believing in all of the above and more. One must keep in mind that it is a process and to reach quality outcomes, it often takes time. People with a growth mindset understand that great outcomes take time and they enjoy the process of getting to their goals without rushing the process. They stay eager for improvement, for growth, and they don’t compare themselves to anyone else. Having a growth mindset plays an essential role for success in life and in the workplace.

Science shows us that thanks to neuroplasticity it is possible for all of us to transform our mindsets to a growth mindset, even if you had a different view on your development abilities before. You can always make the choice to change. Start today!


Elena Agaragimova

Bessern Coach - Global Talent Development Adviser


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