A plant as a metaphor for growth mindset

Embracing a Growth Mindset: You are Plastic, Not Stone

By James Razko

What all of the people at the top of their fields have in common is hard work, luck and most importantly a growth mindset. 

Those with a growth mindset know that with practice one can change over time. They also see failure as a learning opportunity and not a reflection of their innate qualities. 

If you believe you are fixed, you will not grow past your first failure.

It’s easy to think that those at the top are there because of innate talent. It’s harder to believe they got there through work because you too– can work. 

Of course, some people like Michael Phelps are born with ‘the genes’ or in his case a long torso, extra large wingspan, size 14 feet, and enormous hands. Yes, he was born to swim. 

On the other hand, Tyrone Curtis “Muggsy” Bogues stands at 5 ft 3 in tall. The average height in the NBA is 6ft 7 in. He was the shortest NBA player of all time. Despite this, he too was born to play basketball.

Both Phelps and Muggsy worked hard despite their innate talents.

Muggsy may not be Michael Jordan, but he is Muggsy Bogues. And as most of us will never be a Michael Jorden, we can all aim to be a Muggsy. 

You are plastic, not stone. Embrace the growth mindset.

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