2011-12: Mindset

“I read this book during the work stoppage of 2011. Following the loss to Dallas in the NBA Finals, we had to take a hard look at ourselves. Reading this book and adopting its concepts were pivotal for me. Being able to push yourself out of your comfort zone, not staying the same, and establishing a growth mindset, all make up the essence of what life is about.”

The premise of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success is the idea that people exercise either a growth mindset or a fixed mindset. Those with a fixed mindset believe their talents and abilities cannot be improved through any means. They feel that they are born with a certain amount of talent and typically do not wish to challenge their abilities due to the possibility of failure. Individuals with a fixed mindset frequently guard themselves against situations in which they feel they need to prove their personal worth. Challenges are frequently viewed negatively, instead of as an opportunity for personal growth.

People that practice a growth mindset believe abilities, such as athleticism and mathematical capacity, can be improved through hard work and persistence. When presented with an obstacle, those practicing a growth mindset tend to rise to the challenge. Often, people of the growth mindset do not fear failure; instead, they view it as a chance to improve themselves.