However, Carol Dweck develops a model which is about the 'growth mindset' and the old wisdom that says that the sooner we make our first 5000 mistakes, the sooner we will learn how to do anything really well. New wisdom talks about trying many things, failing fast and often, and learning lots and quickly. We must take small risks, make lots of small mistakes and grow, develop and learn each time. We must continue to try, try, try again because that is how we learn, in school or business—and most importantly in life.
In a fixed mindset, people 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. They’re wrong!
Whatever you do in love, work and life, there is no failure, just feedback and we need to rethink and re-imagine how we develop character, grit, determination and passion for learning. We need to start young and use the available toolkits to ensure that every child is a reader, writer and counter by eight and a powerful little learner by eleven. Everyone should read Martin Seligman's Flourish, Matthew Gladwell's Outliers, Daniel Pink’s Whole New Mind and Drive, Matthew Syed's Bounce, Carol Dweck’s work on mindset and Angela Duckworth’s work on grit which outline why we need to develop character alongside functional skills and academic and vocational excellence.