The Bizarre Truth About Mindsets

Your life is as good as your mindset and the way you adapt your mindset profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It is a vital factor which influences your success, or your eminence in life. The truth is that mindset has everything to do with perspective. Our foundational beliefs, attitudes and biases naturally affect the way we process information and experience the world around us. Having an optimistic mindset increases the likelihood of formulating a winning perspective and achieving long-term success. Mindset is where the rubber meets the road.

There are two types of mindsets, an uncommon but possibly even more relevant battle inside each of us is: the fixed versus the growth mindset.

The mindset you feed is the mindset that wins!

(Source: Jonathan Lu, “Understanding the Growth Mindset”, Dartmouth, May 18, 2017

Fixed Mindset v/s Growth Mindset:

Fixed mindset anticipates procrastination, relinquishing and avoiding challenges. It basically carves an understanding that an individual has a certain and fixed amount of intellectual knowledge, personality, intelligence and morals which cannot be intensified. Fixed mindset hails an urge to constantly prove your lore, which turns accomplishment of goals consuming and toxic. It stands as a barrier for an individual to excel and be the best version of themselves

While the fixed mindset is all hail, the growth mindset is all glory.

A growth mindset is built on the idea that you can strengthen your basic qualities through your actions and strategies. A growth mindset prioritises exposure and expansion of the mental horizon. This mindset also broadens your ability to deal with failure. It makes an individual believe that everything is possible and it’s impossible to predict what years of dedication, toil, and training can accomplish.  

In essence, having a growth mindset entails learning from mistakes, not becoming complacent, and accepting that there is always room for change. Failures and challenges provide insight into how to adapt, develop, and evolve. 

Mindsets and the  Indian education system:

According to OECDiLibrary, 48% of students believe that, “ intelligence is something about you that you can’t change very much” and for that students cannot be blamed,right? Indian education system from the very start has laid a laudable emphasis on fixed mindset which puts intelligence on a pedestal, needs rethinking, rote learning, learning models, the importance of exams, all of these are factors that account for the development of fixed mindset. Students from the very beginning of their school life focus on being smarter, if not at least to sound smart, they are trained in such a way that judgments of society are more important than their self-efficacy, that number or marks are more important than learning and understanding. 

No matter how many schools preach that ‘a piece of paper cannot predict your future’, they still determine the intellectuality of a peer by its IQ score. Students need to understand that intelligence is not static, and with a growth mindset, there’s nothing that cannot be achieved, no ceiling which cannot be broken. A student’s mindset must be developed at a young age because it sets the tone for the rest of their lives and serves as the foundation for their learning and growth. 

It is  important to note that success is not  just a product of chance or good timing; it also has a lot to do with our perseverance and ability to learn from our mistakes, so having a fixed mindset isn’t conducive to success. 

Growth mindset is better explained in the hit movie 3 idiots “Never study to be successful, study for self-efficiency. Don’t run behind success. Follow excellence, success will come all the way behind you.”

And that’s Baba Ranchoddas for you! 

Saloni Jain

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