Can you change yourself?

What kind of person are you - fixed or growing? If you want to reach your full potential, you need a growth mindset. How ready are you for change?

Renowned thinkers Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the best-selling book The Mind Pitfalls, have taken the subject of change seriously and have written a new book about it. In Heart of Change, the Heath brothers talk about how to achieve successful change. And now we propose to check how ready you are for change.

Simple test

Read the following four sentences and mark whether you agree with them or not.

1. You are a certain kind of person, and it is almost impossible to change that.

2. No matter what kind of person you are, you can always change a lot.

3. You are able to act in different ways, but this is unlikely to really change the key elements of your "I".

4. If necessary, you can fundamentally change your personality.

If you agree with the first and third points, then you are a "fixed mind" person. And if you are closer to the second and fourth, you tend to have a "growth mindset." (If you're comfortable with both, you're confused.)

It's your mindset that determines how easily you deal with setbacks and how aggressively you try to implement change. It can even determine the success of your career.

Fixed mindset people

Fixed mindset people believe that their abilities are basically static: a person considers himself a good speaker, an average manager and an excellent organizer. If you have a fixed world view, you may think that these skills can be improved or worsened a little, but in general they reflect the fundamental structure of your personality. Thus, your behavior indicates innate abilities, as the taste of the first sip of wine reflects the contents of the purchased bottle.

A person with a fixed worldview tends to avoid challenges, fearing that failure will question his true abilities and be considered a failure (much like the first impression of a sip of wine can make you refuse to buy a bottle). Negative reviews of such people scare.

People with a growth mindset

In contrast, people with a growth mindset think that abilities are like muscles that are built up by hard training: if you push yourself, you can learn better

write, drive, or listen more carefully to your spouse. A person with a growth mindset is more likely to take on challenges despite the risk of failure.(After all, when you're unsuccessfully trying to lift more weight in the gym and failing, you don't worry about everyone around you making fun of the "born weakling".) These people look for "developmental" tasks at work and take criticism well in our address, because in the end such criticism makes us stronger. Even if I'm not as good as others yet, the "growing" person thinks, in the long run, the story of Achilles and the tortoise may repeat itself. Think of famous golfer Tiger Woods, who won eight major championships faster than anyone in the history of the sport and then decided to change his swing.

Who are you?

Are you a fixed person or a growing person? This test does not belong to the category of popular psychological tests in which there are no wrong answers ("Are you a Labrador or a Poodle?"). Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University, has dedicated her career to studying these attitudes—in fact, she is the one who came up with the names for them. The results are clear: If you want to reach your full potential, you need a growth mindset.

Dweck has explored how attitudes influence the performance of Olympic athletes, virtuoso musicians, and ordinary businessmen. In his book The Flexible Mind, the author irrefutably proves that the growth mindset makes a person more successful in almost everything. People who grow above themselves, take risks, accept criticism and boldly look forward, cannot but move forward in life and in their careers.

Once you become familiar with these concepts, however, you immediately begin to notice that a fixed worldview reigns everywhere. See how most parents praise their children: “You are so smart!”, “You play basketball so well!” It is the fuel for a fixed worldview. A compliment with a growth mindset highlights the value of effort over natural skill: “I’m proud of you — you work so hard on the project!”

A person with a growth mindset doesn't give up halfway through and expect quick success in a new endeavor. The difference is in worldview.