This article originally appeared in Forbes on November 3, 2020.

By Sherrie Haynie | November 3, 2020

Fostering a “growth mindset” is fundamental to success, both for individuals and organizations. If you believe your abilities are innate and can’t be significantly improved, your mindset may be described as “fixed.” You tend to explain failure by lack of talent or poor fit, etc. (which is stifling and leaves little room for growth). While acknowledging that there is such a thing as aptitude, a healthier outlook involves acknowledging that improving one’s life almost always requires adapting, learning new skills and generally remaining flexible.

In her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, psychologist Carol Dweck builds on this idea with her concept of the “growth mindset.” A growth mindset is when you believe you can acquire almost any ability with enough work. With a growth mindset, you’re more likely to roll up your sleeves and push forward in the face of challenges and setbacks and achieve success.

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