Often when we talk about success we directly connect it with super smart and intelligent people. But a new research from Stanford University will help you to have a different conception about success.
Psychologist Carol Dweck has been studying attitude and performance, and her latest study shows that attitude is a better predictor of success than IQ. How we define attitude? It is the way how we understand the different circumstances that have to be faced. It is an election, this means we choose which attitude we will have in front of different situations. According to Dweck, people’s core attitudes fall into one of two categories:
A fixed mindset: those who believe they cannot change.
A growth mindset: those who believe they can improve with effort.
A fixed mindset cares about where you are from, a growth mindset cares about where you are going and all the process to get in there.
The base where to build these two attitudes is nature vs nurture.
According to Dweck, success in life is all about how you deal with failure. She describes the approach to failure of people with the growth mindset this way: “Failure is information, we label it failure, but it’s more like, ‘This didn’t work, and I’m a problem solver, so I’ll try something else.’”
To become in someone succesfull we have to focus on being growth mindset. We need to accept life is full of troubles which work as a feedback in a learning process. Our flaws are just a TO-DO list of things to improve. Only when we can identify our weakness, we are stronger. Sounds contradictory but it is true. Our strength is knowing what we need to change and improve to be able to advance. Failures are temporary setbacks, they can turn into solutions.
Do not think it’s all about the outcome because if you fail, you think all effort was wasted, and that is what an fixed mindset would believe. Contrary, think that it’s all about the process, so the outcome hardly matters. Don’t be motivated for something specific to reach out but to be better every day. Focus on being a better creator, not only a creator of things, a creator of valuable skills that can go along with you throughout your life.
Entrepreneurs with growth mindsets are better suited for all the risks associated with starting your own business. To be one of them you need to embrace the journey and trust results will follow.
Growth mindset entrepreneurs will show long-term resilience, repeated innovation and the necessary drive for future enduring success. And the success for an entrepreneur with growth mindset means evolve, looking for answers, accepting the feedback and trying to be better every single day. If you can be inspired by all these tasks then you are successful.