Do an internet image search on “growth mindset,” and you’ll stumble across an astonishing array of pictures that capture Carol Dweck’s ideas about growth mindset. In case you’re not familiar with it (yikes, how have you missed the deluge of growth mindset pictures, articles, books?), growth mindset is defined in this way:
“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment,” writes Dweck.
When I reflect on growth mindset in my own life, I realize that I definiely have some legacy “fixed mindsets” in place that I need to remove. May I share one of them with you?
Fixed Mindset: What I Know Now Trumps What I Could Learn in Future
Like many Google Certified Innovators and Trainers (ok, I am well-certified in Google tools, ok?), I remember doing what I’ve seen some Microsoft folks saying wherever they hang out. What’s ironic is that these are the same things I’ve heard some in the “true to Google” camp say, too.
Why would anyone want to use that? I don’t know about it and don’t want to learn how to use that. I’m satisfied with what I do know.
I’d probably go even further. So, when I started down my path using Microsoft (as a result of my job), I had to set aside my fixed mindset. Instead, I had to agree to become a learner, resetting my odometer to zero, relinquish my expertise as a Google expert (sheesh, how do you define experts anyway?) and embrace my ignorance.
Wow, what a tremendous experience that was. Now, I often do embrace my ignorance (it’s easier to learn new things, I’ve found) but learning new stuff can be hard. And, my journey with Microsoft tools was just the beginning. And, what fun it was to learn new stuff!!
After awhile, it didn’t matter what I was learning, only that I was learning. Does that make sense?
That’s why “The Power of Yet!” is so powerful. And, it inspired the image at the top of this blog entry. Imagine making your own “The Power of…Yet!” for yourself about your particular challenges and obstacles. Wouldn’t that be cool?
Here’s an invitation. Use this template in Google Draw (or make your own) to make your own Power of…YET poster each day this week, reflecting on YOUR own fixed mindsets. Then share that on your blog or via twitter and post it in the comments. Won’t that be fun?