The Dangers of a Growth Mindset

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Carol Dweck is a psychologist who championed the idea where people have either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. A fixed mindset pertains to a person who believes their talents and abilities are fixed and cannot grow or advance beyond a certain point. A growth mindset pertains to a person that believes their abilities and talents can grow with hard work, persistence, and through rising to a challenge. People with a growth mindset often are leaders and show-runners with incredible amounts of tenacity and fervor.

In other words a growth mindset is good – really good for someone who wants to become a very influential leader. However, I have recently pondered: is there a drawback to having a growth mindset? Is it possible to have such a starving growth mindset that one is almost greedy for more progress and growth – to a fault? Is it possible to ever be satisfied in a growth mindset?

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3 responses to “The Dangers of a Growth Mindset

  1. Awesome questions to ask.The growth mindset certainly makes being content more difficult because the fear of complacency always creeps in. Fortunately, I think the fear of complacency makes those with a growth mentality more likely to pursue avenues that bring them true contentment and even if it takes longer to get there for growth individuals, the self-actualization they receive from the pursuit of growth should ultimately make them more content with their accomplishments. That being said, the growth mentality definitely needs to be balanced with reflection on the value of the present.

  2. Awesome questions to ask.The growth mindset certainly makes being content more difficult because the fear of complacency always creeps in. Fortunately, I think the fear of complacency makes those with a growth mentality more likely to pursue avenues that bring them true contentment and even if it takes longer to get there for growth individuals, the self-actualization they receive from the pursuit of growth should ultimately make them more content with their accomplishments. That being said, the growth mentality definitely needs to be balanced with reflection on the value of the
    present.

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