The idea that some of us are born more talented than others is an idea that pervades our culture. We’re told who the best actors, entrepreneurs, and athletes are when we hear who won the Oscars, or when people make Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.

Even within workplaces, people have a hard time accepting that they might not be able to do as well as someone else—or even as well as they’d like to do. And for a long time, psychologists believed that was just the way things had to be. But recent research has shown that’s not true! The environment matters so much in how we work—and how productive we can be at work––that it’s even possible to change our mindset from fixed (believing someone’s abilities are fixed at birth) to growth (the idea that you can improve and grow abilities through practice, effort and dedication).

Growth mindset

A growth mindset is an idea that you can improve and grow abilities through practice, effort and dedication. This is the opposite of a fixed mindset, where individuals believe their abilities are innate and cannot be changed through effort.

A growth mindset is associated with better communication skills, self-control and confidence. It also encourages people to take risks which leads them to achieve more success in life as well as in business.

Fixed mindset

A fixed mindset, on the other hand, is the belief that your abilities are fixed at birth and no amount of work will make them improve. This can lead to a fear of failure or success. It also means you’re afraid of change and unwilling to learn new things if it means you have to risk looking stupid in front of others.

Fixed mindsets come up often in business because when we’re under pressure, we tend to get stuck in our old patterns without even realizing it. We hold ourselves back from trying new things and from learning from mistakes because we worry about what others might think about us if we do something wrong or don’t succeed as quickly as someone else would have done it.

This type of thinking leads many people down the path toward mediocrity instead of excellence; instead of pushing themselves outside their comfort zone and stretching their limits with each new challenge they face at work (or else risk getting fired), they choose a safe route that doesn’t require any real effort or creativity—and then wonder why they aren’t getting promoted faster than others who’ve put more effort into applying themselves over time!

Mixture of both

Most of us have both fixed and growth mindsets, but we’re more likely to be successful when we hold a growth mindset at work.

Research on this topic has shown that people with growth mindsets are more likely to succeed than those with fixed ones. In fact, when it comes to your career, belief in personal development is more important than belief in intelligence or ability. This is because the workplace requires constant change and adaptation—something that can only happen when you believe your abilities can improve over time. In school and even in your personal life, however, it might be more helpful for you to adopt a fixed mindset so that you don’t give up too easily when faced with challenges or setbacks.

A growth mindset can help you communicate better, be more self-controlled, confident and motivated. It can also help you become more resilient in the face of failure or setbacks.

People with a growth mindset are more willing to take risks, especially when those risks involve learning something new.

People with a growth mindset are more willing to take risks, especially when those risks involve learning something new. They’re also more likely to feel successful after trying something new as they’ve learned something from the experience. People with a fixed mindset, on the other hand, tend to avoid taking on new challenges out of fear of failure. When they do fail at something and are forced into an uncomfortable situation, they may become even more afraid of trying anything else new because they don’t want to be embarrassed again.

Because people with different mindsets react differently to failure and success, it’s important that managers understand these concepts before making any decisions about how their team should handle these situations in the future—especially when it comes to hiring new employees or promoting current ones who might not fit into this culture, as well as others, would have done. If someone isn’t willing or able (or both) then there will be problems later down the line when everything goes wrong for once.”

You can cultivate a healthier and more successful environment for yourself and others by cultivating a growth mindset at work.

The first step to cultivating a growth mindset at work is recognizing that it’s possible to change your behaviours and thinking patterns. Having a growth mindset means believing in the power of practice, persistence and effort when it comes to improving yourself, but also knowing that you’re not stuck with what you already know or have been doing for years.

A growth mindset allows for the possibility of change—and this possibility makes all the difference when it comes time to make decisions about who we are as people. For example, if I am stuck in my old ways of thinking about myself as “bad at math” or “not creative enough,” then I’m going to be less likely to adopt new skills and take risks while working on projects at my job or pursuing passions outside of work hours because I believe those things aren’t within my range of abilities anyway! But if instead, I recognize that these types of skill sets can always be improved upon through practice (even if they might not get better overnight), then my approach will shift entirely: Instead of avoiding difficult tasks altogether due solely to fear-based beliefs about myself (or others), I’ll try something new knowing full well how much potential there is within me—and maybe even surprise myself by succeeding where others have failed!


Whether you’re trying to improve your own mindset, or you’re hoping to cultivate a growth mindset in others, it all comes down to the same thing: practice. You can start by consciously changing your internal dialogue. Instead of focusing on what you want to avoid (mistakes), try to focus on what you want. When you make a mistake, ask yourself what could have led up to that mistake so that it doesn’t happen again. And most importantly, follow these other tips and tricks for fostering a growth mindset so that you can find success in every area of your life.

If your teams are struggling to align with strategy, connect them to business outcomes that matter and make your goal-setting process more transparent through OKRs.

Download the FREE guide