According to Carol Dweck, there are two kinds of mindset: fixed mindset and growth mindset. People may have more of one kind, or even both in a more balanced proportion.
People with fixed mindset tend to believe that our abilities are ‘fixed’ – hence the term fixed mindset. They believe that one is born either with certain abilities or not. On the other end, people with growth mindset believe that abilities can be developed, and not necessarily exclusive to certain group of people who “have it”.
The good thing about this finding is this: anyone could learn to have a growth mindset, given a supportive condition for nurturing such a mindset and effort.
The above video is the talk given by Carol Dweck at Google, explaining the concept of both fixed and growth mindsets, and how people could apply the principles of ‘mindset in action’ through a Q/A session.
For those interested to get the hard copy of Dr. Dweck’s research on mindset, here’s the link to the book.