What’s the difference between those who grow and those who don’t?

I found this very interesting article on the New York Times that discuss
What’s the difference between those who grow and those who don’t?

Some people believe, heavily believed, on the limited nature of talent, that you’re born talented (or smart) or you’re not, and if you’re not, that’s it.
And as usual, this type of defeatist attitude brings bad belief into bad reality

While other people believe that there’s no limit to talent, or as i like to say “intelligence can be trained”. This people usually ends up growing more and more, being more talented and smarter over time

I enclose some part of the article in this writing (in case the attached link is broken or dead and thus you readers lose the opportunity to read the article)

(link: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/06/business/06unbox.html?em&ex=1216353600&en=22ec58ecbad700b1&ei=5087 . Please click the link if you like the article)

If You’re Open to Growth, You Tend to Grow

Published: July 6, 2008

WHY do some people reach their creative potential in business while other equally talented peers don’t?

After three decades of painstaking research, the Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck believes that the answer to the puzzle lies in how people think about intelligence and talent. Those who believe they were born with all the smarts and gifts they’re ever going to have approach life with what she calls a “fixed mind-set.” Those who believe that their own abilities can expand over time, however, live with a “growth mind-set.”

Guess which ones prove to be most innovative over time.

“Society is obsessed with the idea of talent and genius and people who are ‘naturals’ with innate ability,” says Ms. Dweck, who is known for research that crosses the boundaries of personal, social and developmental psychology.

“People who believe in the power of talent tend not to fulfill their potential because they’re so concerned with looking smart and not making mistakes. But people who believe that talent can be developed are the ones who really push, stretch, confront their own mistakes and learn from them.”

In this case, nurture wins out over nature just about every time.

People with a growth mind-set tend to demonstrate the kind of perseverance and resilience required to convert life’s setbacks into future successes. That ability to learn from experience was cited as the No. 1 ingredient for creative achievement in a poll of 143 creativity researchers cited in “Handbook of Creativity” in 1999.

Which leads one to ask: Is it possible to shift from a fixed mind-set to a growth mind-set?

Absolutely, according to Ms. Dweck. But, “it’s not easy to just let go of something that has felt like your self for many years,” she writes. Still, she says, “nothing is better than seeing people find their way to things they value.”

End of article
Thank you for the New York Times and Janet Rae-Dupree


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