WATCH: The Secret to Developing a Growth Mindset

Today, I’d like to talk about the ‘Four Paradoxes of a Growth Mindset’.  These are things that can really help you to develop a Growth Mindset. Because there are lots of thingsthat people say about Growth Mindset. But they don’t often sayhow you need to be able to develop one or how you can develop one with specific behaviours. Sowhat I’d like to do isintroduce these four paradoxes.


Paradox of Opinions

 And the first one is the ‘Paradox of Opinions’, where you have ‘Open and Reflective. And you’ve got ‘Certainty’. And when we have certaintywe can be really clear and confident in our opinions. And when we’re open and reflectivewe’re really open to the opinions of others. Andto get that balance just rightyou need to have what we call ‘Truth Exploring’You’re more interested in what’s rightrather than who’s right. Soyou’re not too easily persuaded by the opinions of others because you have opinions and you’re listening to their opinions, and what they’re based on. But you’re also clear about your own opinions and able to articulate them and what they’re based on. Soyou’re open to listening to others and hearing what they have to say. And then going. “Actually, you know what, I‘ll update my opinions because I now have better information 

Paradox of Motivation

The next one is the ‘Paradox of Motivation Which needs to balance ‘Self-Motivation and Stress Management’. And, this is really important because the more motivation we havethe more we actually might use up a lot of energy. Andthen actually, we need to be able to find a way to recuperate. To rest and recuperate. To be able to make sure that we’re getting enough exercise. That we’re getting enough mental restemotional rest And, recreation as well.

Paradox of Innovation

The next one is ‘Innovation’, and that’s all about being able to be Persistent  and ‘Experimenting’. Sowe persist because we have grit and we can make sure that we get things done.  But also, when we realize that things need to be experimented with and things need to improvewe’re able to experiment. And that way we avoid being stubbornly persistent or just not finishing stuff because we’re after the next new shiny object. 

Paradox of Self

Andthen the final one is ‘The Paradox of  SelfAnd, this is also very interesting because we need to be able to accept ourselves and go “Yeah, I’m okay the way I am”. But not to the degree that we’ve become arrogant. Because we also want to balance it with self-improvement. And make sure that we’re always seeking to become better.

S I’d like you to consider where you are in the balances of these paradoxes. Soyou can develop Growth Mindset.

Because remember, Stay Curious! 


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With best regards,

David Klaasen 

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