“Why do some people achieve their full potential while equally talented people don’t?”
After researching this question for decades, the Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck found: “The key isn’t ability; it’s whether you look at ability as something inherent that needs to be demonstrated or as something that can be developed.” In other words, do you believe that you are naturally “good” or ‘bad” at things? Or do you believe you can work to be good at anything if you put enough effort into it?
This is the difference between the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. People who hold the fixed mindset always believe they are the way they are. They say things like “I’m naturally just terrible at math” or “I could do what he does, if only I was born with his talent.”
People with the growth mindset, however, “believe that intelligence can be developed, that the brain is like a muscle that can be trained. This leads to the desire to improve.” With the growth mindset you believe that you can be good at anything if you put in the effort. As Carol Dweck found, those with the growth mindset accomplish much more. Luckily, the growth mindset is one we can shift to.