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I am writing this article in May 2020 when the UK is experiencing a lock-down due to the Covid-19 virus. A lot of people think that there's no point in looking for a job right now as the market is flat. NOT TRUE. If you adopt a Growth Mindset, you will surge ahead of the competition and I'd like to show you how.
First let me give you the high level facts about this concept. It was first written about by Carol Dweck in her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. She discovered that we all hold a basic belief about ourselves which relates to how we view and inhabit our "personality".
A Fixed Mindset assumes that our character, intelligence and creative
ability are static givens which we can’t change in any meaningful way
and that success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence. A
Growth Mindset however thrives on challenge and sees failure not as
evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth
and for stretching our existing abilities.
I have met many clients and potential clients with a Fixed Mindset.
They tell me things like "I'd love to be an xxx but I'm too old to
retrain", "There aren't many exciting paths for someone with my narrow
skill set", "I'm too set in my ways to join a new company and learn new
systems". At the moment, during the economic pressure coming from the
pandemic we are experiencing, I am hearing a lot of "There's no point
looking for a job right now as nobody's hiring".
As a coach I have to help my clients to move towards a Growth Mindset.
If they don't, they will never make the changes needed to create a
career they love. If I sense that they are not ready or willing to do
so, my ability to help them is limited and we will probably not be able
to work together.
Embracing a Growth Mindset
Most of us develop a growth or fixed mindset at an early age. If you're
subscribed to a blog about making tweaks and pivots in your career then
my guess is that you are one of those with a Growth Mindset. But, even
if you think you have a Fixed Mindset then you can "rewire your
cognitive habits" which is coach-speak for change your mindset.
Here are a few tips for embracing a Growth Mindset as it relates to your career development:
And if you're job searching at the moment, reframe "there's no point looking for a job right now..." with:
I hope there are some ideas for you in there. If you'd like to find out
more about Growth Mindset, I can recommend Carol Dweck's book or this 10 minute talk she gave in 2014.
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