Carol Dweck, a highly respected Standford professor has conclusively outlined the potential for mental growth and success through a change of internal perspective on life, utilizing a “Growth Mindset”. Mindset, by Carol Dweck is very easy read that is all about disbarring the belief that people are born gifted. Through years of research and multiple real life examples, Dweck outlines the facts that we are all capable of reaching great pinnacles through hard work, dedication and most importantly the mindset we keep.
Most people hold the belief that they are born with limitations on intelligence, that no matter how hard they try they will never be able to achieve a certain ability. They believe that intelligence is passed on through genetic code, through multiple generations. This limited intelligence controls their probability of success and ability to perform in the world (** proven to be completely false). The people that carry this mindset are the ones who you hear say, “well, I come from a family of iron workers, and that is what we do”. They limit their value in the world by passed experiences and family traits, fitting themselves in to a box, saying to themselves ” I could never be a doctor, lawyer or even a famous athlete”. This limitation in belief will lead to stagnancy and depression in the best of us.
Fortunately our world is filled with people who challenge the status quo and strive to be bigger and better than the generations that have come before them. These people are the Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, Steve Jobs, Martin Luther Kings of the world who expect more and are willing to push through failures and set backs to eventually reach their goals, regardless of their starting position. In all cases where society has labeled someone a natural, genius, or superstar you can trace back through their life and it becomes clear just how much work was put in before they were at the top of their game, and were never born gifted after all. These thought to be ‘legends’, were simply normal individuals who hold effort paramount over the idea of success or failure.
By simply shifting your perspective when it comes to failures, knowing that the resilience endured, creates internal progress and development. The praise we need to be giving is not to people of their brilliance, but of their hard work and persistence. We are not terminally unique, but are all too similar in our ability for achievement, with the only deciding factor being your repetitive, grueling, relentless hard work ethic.