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Why Is Mindset So Important?

Mindset plays a crucial role in how we cope with life’s changes and challenges, so given the nature of the world that we’re currently experiencing, there’s no better time than now to explore the topic.

At Headway, we’re always looking for ways to improve our internal attitudes and the way we think about the world.

Our team has recently been learning the difference between fixed and growth mindset, including which mindset we individually resonate with, as we tend to flip to the mindset we feel most comfortable with when times are tough.

What is the difference between a fixed and growth mindset?

Have you ever noticed that some of your friends may favour activities and job opportunities that are full of quick and easy wins? Do they normally pick out projects in their comfort zone? If so, they may have a fixed mindset.

Those with a fixed mindset understand the world to be static, a place in which qualities such as intelligence and talent cannot be learnt – you’re either good at something or you aren’t.

A fixed mindset turns a difficult 5k run into a ‘I’m never doing that again’ run, especially when success and/or motivation is not found in quick succession.

As those with a fixed mindset find reward in success, they’re likely to consider prep work to be wasted time, rather than part of the journey to change.

On the flip side, individuals with growth mindsets believe anything can be changed with hard work and perseverance, and consider the time spent learning how to achieve as being as important as the final success.

You may remember teachers telling you about growth mindset in school – after all, their job was to encourage you to keep trying at your subjects.

Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, detailed the differences between fixed and growth mindset in terms of qualities:

“Believing that your qualities are carved in stone — the fixed mindset — creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over. If you have only a certain amount of intelligence, a certain personality, and a certain moral character — well, then you’d better prove that you have a healthy dose of them. It simply wouldn’t do to look or feel deficient in these most basic characteristics. [A] growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts”.

It’s worth noting that we don’t possess one single mindset, we just lean towards one rather than the other. You may think anyone can learn how to make a great cup of tea with a bit of help, but not everybody has the ability to be a movie star!

With every situation being valued in terms of knowledge learning rather than as a confirmation exercise, we love the idea that individuals with a growth mindset believe they can flourish from failure – a healthy frame of mind to have in 2020, especially with the current economic climate.

As a team, we’re in the process of learning more about growth mindset, and how we can implement it ourselves – some may say we are critiquing our current mindsets and migrating our minds to a growth mindset already! Keep an eye on our blog to stay up to date with Headway Recruitment and our journey.

April Barlow

By April Barlow

A proven recruitment expert. Worked with a range of clients across Leeds and Bradford from start-ups to multi nationals. Recognised for hiring all office based and management roles.
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