A recent study by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck reveals that attitude is a better predictor of success than IQ.
Dr. Dweck explains that people possess one of two core attitudes: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. With a fixed mindset, you are trapped in thinking that you are who you are and you cannot change. Those with a growth mindset believe in self-improvement, embracing challenges, and learning from failure. Forbes contributor Travis Bradberry shares a few simple strategies to maintain a growth-oriented mindset in his article, “Why Attitude Is More Important Than IQ.”
Don’t Stay Helpless
Success depends on how you deal with failure. You either let it drag you down, or learn from it and find a way to move forward. People with a growth mindset never allow themselves to feel helpless. In order to be successful, you must be willing to fall and be able to get back up.
Let your passion drive your pursuit of excellence. Be empowered to relentlessly pursue what you love. There will always be someone that is naturally more talented than you are, but you can compensate with perseverance.
The best way to overcome fear and anxiety is to take action. There’s never a perfect moment to move forward and it’s impractical to wait around for one. People with a growth mindset are empowered to take risks and turn the fear of failure into positive energy.
Obstacles are inevitable. Those who are growth-oriented embrace adversity as an area of opportunity rather than an obstruction.