• Malcolm Whye

The Secret to Unlocking Your Potential: Developing a Growth Mindset

Do you feel bored or unsatisfied in your career? Do you crave a life of happiness, purpose, and passion? Do you dream of success, but feel ill-equipped to achieve your goals? Do you just feel stuck?

We’ve been there before too. But we have good news: you have the power to change your life. Mindset of a Hustler was created with a simple philosophy in mind: anyone can achieve a fulfilling and purpose-driven life with a growth mindset.

Tell us if this sounds familiar: you don't feel like you’ve reached the level of success that is expected of you or a form of success that feels authentic to your personal goals and values. You assume this is because you don’t have the adequate experience or skills to pursue your vision. So, you turn to self-proclaimed self-help or success ‘gurus’ to find the secret to success. You read hundreds of books, attend every seminar, go back to school, and spend copious amounts of time googling ‘how to be successful’.

The truth is no book, webinar, degree or article will magically help you find success. You feel stuck because you’re searching for an external solution to an internal problem: your mindset.

Your mindset is the single most important factor in determining success. A mindset is the established set of attitudes that shape your world-view, self-image, and overall life philosophy.

So you wanna know the secret to success? The secret to unlocking your potential is completely dependent on you and your perspective on your ability to achieve your goals.

Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset

In her 2013 commencement speech delivered to the graduating class at San Jose State University, Debbie Millan perfectly sums up the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. She says, “If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve.”

Your mindset determines what you believe you’re capable of achieving. There are two types of mindsets that we usually see in people: fixed mindset and growth mindset.

Fixed Mindset

A fixed mindset is the belief that personal qualities & traits are innate, fixed, and unchangeable.

Those with a fixed mindset typically:

  • Give up if they’re not immediately good at something

  • View feedback as a personal attack

  • Feel threatened by the success of others

  • Believe their intelligence and ability determine success

  • Avoid failure at all cost

Growth Mindset

In contrast, a growth mindset is the belief that personal qualities & traits can be developed and strengthened through hard work and determination.

Those with a growth mindset:

  • Practice and develop their skills to get better at things

  • Find value in feedback and use it to improve their work

  • Are inspired by the success of others