Embrace A Growth Mindset

MEAx Australia | Embrace A Growth Mindset | 22nd September 2021

There’s an old adage that “curiosity killed the cat,” which insinuates that curiosity is dangerous…. when in fact the opposite is true. We are all born with curiosity. Children incessantly ask ‘why’, ‘what if’ and ‘how’; but as we age the scales tip from curiosity towards knowing. We find it easier to live as the expert who knows rather than the student who grows.

Curiosity requires a growth mindset, a concept that was popularised by Dr Carol Dweck to describe those who have a desire to improve themselves by learning. She wrote, “Why waste time proving over and over how great you are when you could be getting better?” With a growth mindset the focus moves from ‘proving’ yourself to ‘improving’ yourself.

A growth mindset should not be the exclusive domain of the young. In fact maybe it’s part of what keeps us young?

As we transition through all the ages and stages of life and move from endings to new beginnings, we need to embrace a growth mindset that combines wisdom with curiosity. We need to find the courage to ‘begin’ again. Be willing to try new things, to fail and then try again without retreating back to the safety of what feels familiar.

We need to view the world through fresh eyes and with a beginner’s mind, because “If your mind is empty… it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” – (Shunryu Suzuki)

Stay curious,
The MEAx Team

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