The Two Sides of a Fixed Mindset

A fixed mindset is the dangerous and debilitating belief that your skills are something you’re born with, that you have them or you don’t, and that you’re not really in control of your abilities.

There are two sides to this story:

  1. I wasn’t born with that skill and therefore I can’t get good at that thing: “I am not a math person.” Putting in effort is pointless because this is not something I can learn.
  2. I was born with this skill, it’s a gift. “I am naturally good at math.” Putting in effort is not necessary because I’m already good.

Two different sides of the same coin. Two destructive stories.

Two ways to avoid putting in the work and effort required to learn.

See you Monday.

Train Ugly

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