When It Comes to Success, It's All About Attitude
Intelligence is a key to success, that's a fact. But it turns out it isn't the most important or correlative thing about a person when predicting success in life. More than IQ, a person's attitude is actually a better indicator of success. And it's a so-called "growth mind-set" that we should all hope we have.
As opposed to those with a "fixed mind-set," people with a growth mind-set believes that they, and their circumstances, can change and improve with efforts. Psychologist Carol Dweck found that those with fixed mind-sets have a tougher time responding to defeat, while individuals with growth mind-sets tend to label a failure as just another experience and an opportunity to learn. Read on for some tactics you can practice to develop a more growth-oriented outlook.
Try your best to welcome setbacks as opportunities for growth and learning. According to Dweck, "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.'" Having the ability to look at a failure as an opportunity to learn something new is key.
Pursue your goals relentlessly. Don't take no for an answer. Let your passion be the fire beneath you that keeps you hungry for excellence and success, even through obstacles or stumbles.
Don't use "bravery"—or lack thereof—as an excuse to be stifled by your failings. Individuals with growth mind-sets suffer from fear and uncertainty just like everyone else, but they also acknowledge that these are paralyzing forces. The best way to overcome them? Do something. Don't overthink it, know that the time may never be perfect, and seize the opportunity when it comes your way.
On the path to success, there are countless unexpected bumps in the road. There will almost always be a need to adjust and respond to unforeseen circumstances. Being flexible and learning to pivot when necessary will allow you to stay active, rather than reactive.
What do you think of the importance of attitude? Do you have a growth or a fixed mind-set? Share your thoughts below!