Growth Mindset: Lessons from the Super Bowl

Happy February! Have you noticed that you can't go anywhere today without people talking about the Super Bowl? In fact, much of the conversation has been falling into two themes: Champions and losers. While sports tend to put people in either/or category, life isn't about who walked away with the best score at the end of the day. It's all whether you have a winning mindset.

Throughout decades of work, Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck researched how mindset can make all the difference in the world when it comes to achievement and accomplishment. 

There are two types of mindsets: A fixed mindset and a growth mindset.

Fixed Mindset

In a fixed mindset, people believe their essential qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are only fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their skills, instead of developing them. They also believe that abilities, alone, create success—without any effort, practice or development.

Growth Mindset

In a growth mindset, 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, no matter what happens.

Which one sounds better to you?

Success from Learning

All great people have have the qualities of Growth Mindset individual:

  • Oprah Winfrey: Demoted as a news anchor because she wasn't "fit" for television.

  • J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series who was rejected 12 times.

  • Bethany Hamilton, pro-surfer who survived a shark attack and got back up on the board professionally -- with only one arm.

  • Jack Andraka, the youngest cancer researcher, was rejected 199 times before finding someone who believed in his work enough for sponsorship.

  • Walt Disney, who was turned down for financing 302 times before getting the funding for Disney Land.

  • The Beatles, English Rock Band who was told they didn't have a future in show business.

Growth Mindset is for Everyone

Although people may differ in every which way—in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments – everyone can change and grow through application and experience. Everything we do at SheCAN! is based on a growth mindset. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships, and people with growth mindsets are usually happier, healthier and satisfied with life.

To position yourself to be growth-minded individuals, check out our live event calendar. The concept behind our new non-profit is all about continuous improvement to become the best version of yourself. SheCAN! provides all the tools you will need to start your growth mindset transformation, so join us today!

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