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Success is it nature or nurture?

“Mind-set is the most important influence of success!” A simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success.

Carol discovered that there are two types of mind-set, either fixed or growth. Bear with us we cover the differences shortly, but this got us thinking is this really the most important influence of success? Some people are led to believe it is all about being in the right place at the right time or luck of the draw!

Luck certainly does seem to play a role in success, but surely if you don’t have the right mind-set to spot the opportunity in the first place and take advantage of it, then you are likely to not even notice and the moment will pass you by.

Now back to the different mind-sets, a fixed mind-set is people who believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort.

Whereas with a growth mind-set, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work, brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.

People with a growth mind-set understand that no one has ever accomplished great things, not Mozart, Darwin, or Michael Jordan—without years of passionate practice and learning.

We are strong believers in learning and have witnessed many times over the role that taking a step back from the day to day to focus on your own mind-set can play in being successful. 

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