Is Experiencing Adversity A Pre-requisite To Developing A Growth Mindset?

Someone recently asked me this question: is experiencing adversity a pre-requisite to developing a growth mindset? To answer the question let’s look at the graphic below which shows Carol Dweck’s fixed versus growth mindset comparison…

carol dweck theory of fixed and growth mindset

Those of us with a growth mindset want adversity and expect it, because the hardest challenges you take on the bigger the adversity. But for those of you who are on the fixed mindset side, it’s only failure if you don’t learn. So if you experience adversity, whether or not you come out a victor, you’ll be better for it ONLY if you learn from it.

Remember, everyone is a work in progress. Expect and embrace adversity, you’ll be better for it.

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