Author-psychologist Carol Dweck says when we expect ourselves to know everything the very first time we try it, we set ourselves up to fail. Real achievers see every challenge as a learning opportunity, and constantly seek out new ways to add to their bag of talents. That’s called having a growth mindset.
“No one starts off knowing everything that they’re going to need to build something,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told an interviewer once. He’s right. The path to excellence is an endless cycle of difficulty, practice and mastery. View learning as a necessary and regular activity that contributes to your personal and professional success, and your mind will never have an expiry date.
Thrive Skills are an essential set of cognitive, social and behavioral skills to enable our learners to continuously succeed, at every stage of their career.
Continuous Growth Mindset is a must-have Thrive Skill that means looking forward, learning and persisting to be better. Professionals must always challenge themselves, picking up new skills along the way.
Cultivating a growth mindset not only opens doors to new opportunities but also enables an individual to overcome challenges. If a professional is making persistent efforts to develop new skills and refine old ones, they’ll likely find better job opportunities and career prospects. Continuous Growth Mindset encourages individuals to strive for excellence.
Some growth mindset examples at work are overcoming setbacks with quick and creative problem-solving, acting on feedback and learning from it, leaning on team members, staying open to criticism and taking initiative.
A desire to learn is what having a growth mindset is all about. Some ways of building a growth mindset are seeking training and development to learn new technical skills, on-the-job and off-the-job training and finding a mentor. Learning, whether it’s self-driven or guided, is a step in the right direction. A professional’s growth mindset pushes them to achieve their goals. Even if there are roadblocks along the way, they find the perseverance to keep going.
Harappa programs that focus on Continuous Growth Mindset as a Thrive Skill are the Women’s Leadership Program, Young Talent Bootcamp and Inspiring Faculty Program.
Other Thrive Skills under THINK are Cognitive Agility, Big-Picture Thinking, Good Judgment, Ethical Clarity and Overcoming Bias.