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Do you want to know if you have a fixed or a growth mindset? Can you tell what attitudes and beliefs separate one from the other? How can you make the shift from limitation thinking to welcoming growth for better living and learning?
We’ve got a quick and fun growth mindset quiz below that can help you on your way and show you where you are within the fixed vs growth mindset arena.
If you’ve ever wondered what’s holding you back from being as successful as you could be, it may very well reside in the way you think. Most importantly, you’ll also learn what you can start doing to readjust your current mindset for long-term growth.
What is the Growth Mindset All About?
When it comes to learning the growth mindset, who better to explain it than growth mindset’s leading lady herself, Carol Dweck?
In the video below, she discusses the key characteristics of a mindset for growing, and the advantages this can have both in and beyond our formative school years.
In her landmark book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, she defines it this way:
“Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better? Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.”
About This Growth Mindset Quiz
Our growth mindset quiz is comprised of fifteen questions, each on a scale of one to five. Simply pick a number corresponding to how you feel about the statement and complete the test to the end. Start working towards your own personal growth mindset goals easily and successfully, we'll help you!
A Few Final Words
Remember, adopting the growth mindset means thinking critically about your potential to learn and improve. It means doing what challenges you to expand your capacity for achievement and develop yourself personally and professionally. It means making a shift from “no I can’t” to “yes I can” regardless of how overwhelming or frightening such an affirmation may seem.
Most of all, developing the growth mindset is about welcoming change and putting aside the idea of perfection in favour of an attitude that embraces lifelong learning.
When your mind is primed for seeing opportunities in mistakes, putting value in effort, and recognizing areas you can do better in, then nothing can stop you. That’s what the growth mindset is all about.
Go get 'em, tiger.
Editor's note: This post was originally published in 2019 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.
Originally published Jul 18, 2019, updated September 21, 2021