I’ve been reading about the difference between fixed and growth mindset. It turns out this is a powerful determinant of outcomes in people’s lives and the more I read about it the more it makes a lot of sense. Basically people enter into any situation with one of two perspectives: either you already know everything you’re ever going to know and you have to apply what you’ve been given, or conversely, you’re about to learn something from this experience.
I was talking to a friend about this yesterday evening; someone I grew up with. She said, you know I think we were trained from an early age that we were trying to make the most of a hand we’d been dealt. She and I agreed that only later in life did we start to look at situations as more plastic and as opportunities for learning.
Personally, I can think of a lot of situations where looking for an opportunity to learn would be of benefit to me. I can see how looking at life through a growth lense is beneficial; setbacks are opportunities to learn rather than failings, and challenges are a lot more fun.