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How can you develop a Growth Mindset? Take the quiz to find out.

Having a "growth mindset" has gained popularity over the last few years because it's so incredibly effective. When you’re building a growth mindset, you’re also:

  • more likely to be successful

  • more likely to continuously improve

  • more likely to value learning and mastery

  • more likely to thrive in the face of difficulty

  • more likely to positively view effort (versus outcome)

  • more likely to compliment others for making progress

Where does your mindset usually fall?

Growth Mindset: “I believe people can grow and change with effort.”
Fixed Mindset: “I think qualities and abilities are relatively unchanging — you are who you are.”

These opposing viewpoints were created by psychological research on goal setting and achievement, to understand rationale and motivators.

The term originated almost 10 years ago with Carol Dweck's revolutionary book, "Mindset," which published decades of research in positive psychology. Here are a few top highlights from Amazon Kindle readers:

  • "Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better?" Highlighted by 17,624 Kindle readers as of May 2024

  • "Believing that your qualities are carved in stone—the fixed mindset—creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over." Highlighted by 15,819 Kindle readers  as of May 2024

  • "People with the growth mindset know that it takes time for potential to flower." Highlighted by 13,297 Kindle readers as of May 2024

Growth Mindset Quiz

How often do you agree with the GROWTH MINDSET statements below?

Rate each statement on a scale from 1 (never) to 5 (always)

  1. I appreciate when people give me feedback to learn and grow.

  2. I’d rather set learning goals instead of performance goals.

  3. I like setting mastery goals where I can gain skills and competence.

  4. I’m focused on enjoying the process instead of the final outcome.

  5. I embrace challenges because they provide opportunities to learn.

  6. If I’m facing a difficult task, I’ll keep working at it until it’s done.

  7. The amount of effort I put into doing things is important.

How often do you agree with the FIXED MINDSET statements below?

Rate each statement on a scale from 1 (never) to 5 (always)

  1. When people give me feedback, it always feels like criticism.

  2. I’d rather set performance goals instead of learning goals.

  3. I like demonstrating that I’m already good at something.

  4. I like having specific outcomes and clear achievement definitions.

  5. I avoid challenging situations because I’d rather ensure my success.

  6. If I’m facing a difficult task, I usually quit after a few failed attempts.

  7. I don’t control my own successes and failures.

If you scored less than 21 on the growth mindset questions (or more than 21 on the fixed mindset questions), you might benefit from prioritizing a change in perspective.

Clues are woven through each questions. It’s about choosing opportunities to learn, continually challenging yourself, enjoying the journey instead of the end game and leveraging perseverance as a key strength.

If you'd like some help to get started, we've got tons of resources available. Our Discovery Workbook series is a great place to start, which you can download from our website or get the paperback versions from Amazon.

We've also created a dedicated growth mindset coaching program that works to increase your confidence, improve your resilience and drive more inspiration.

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