30 Mar Magic in the Room #49: Growth Mindset with Dr. Bob Schooley
People with a growth mindset believe they can change and learn over time. In this episode, Hannah, Chris, Luke, and recurring guest, Dr. Bob Schooley, explore the characteristics of a growth mindset and how leaders can help people believe they can change.
Do you have a growth or a fixed mindset? And what is the difference between the two? If you are the type of person who believes that your skills and talents can be developed over time, you will have a growth mindset. If you think that you were born with strengths and weaknesses and accept that there will be some things that you will never be good at, no matter how much you practice, you have what is traditionally referred to as a fixed mindset.
The stories we tell and the things we believe about ourselves can prevent change from happening or enable new skills to thrive. But what is the link between our beliefs and our behaviors? Whether we have trouble sticking to our goals, creating positive habits, or achieving our objectives, our mindset will play a much bigger part in the outcome than you might think.
In today’s episode, your hosts challenge the perceptions that come with any mindset. Luke shares a theory that our mindset is essentially confirmation bias that leads us only to select data from our environment that confirms what we already. He questions that if we have more of a growth mindset and are interested in learning, we might naturally see more opportunities in our environment.
For example, if you have a growth mindset, you will want to learn and have adventures, you want to be challenged. You wouldn’t see, experience, touch, and smell things if your mindset didn’t drive you to that space. On the flip side, the team discusses how contempt can be one of the hallmarks of a fixed mindset. But how can we level up our growth mindset and move away from a limited outlook and start exploring growth territory?
Luke shared how having the courage to ask himself compelling and honest questions in the presence of other people from his team has been incredibly helpful. He reveals the insights he has unlocked by playing around with the idea of his value proposition. Chris also added how you show up with your team while questioning the value we bring to our own lives and the lives of others is only possible by getting to know ourselves better.
The hosts also discuss what percentage of people they think have a fixed mindset and how it could determine if you have an optimistic or pessimistic outlook in life. Hannah believes she has a growth mindset and that she is also an optimist. But she reflects on how she has moved from a fixed to a growth mindset in her life.
Finally, Chris discusses how we are all forced to change our mindset to adapt to our day and the challenges that we might encounter along the way. The ability to switch our perspective to approach a situation differently can be incredibly powerful.
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