Carol Dweck is a Stanford psychologist and the author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. In her book, she identifies two different types of basic mindsets that have a strong influence on whether you’ll be successful or not.

Listen to this brief audio excerpt (only 3:40) from our Mindset Mastery Bootcamp audio program and then read the brief descriptions of these two different mindsets.

Then ask yourself: Which basic mindset do you have—fixed or growth?

Fixed Mindset

People with a fixed mindset believe the following things:

  • Their intelligence and talent levels are fixed, they can never fundamentally improve them
  • They have to be immediately good at doing new things
  • Success is about proving themselves, so they have to be perfect all the time
  • Failure is a huge setback

Growth Mindset

People with the Growth Mindset believe the following things:

  • They can change their abilities and develop themselves over time
  • Challenge and struggle are great things, they give them an opportunity to grow
  • They don’t expect to be perfect at something or even good at a new skill the first time they do it
  • Failure is the path to finding success

Which mindset do you have—growth or fixed?