Many years ago, Dr. Carol Dweck conducted research to determine how college students coped with failure. She defined a Fixed Mindset as the belief that people were born with a fixed amount of intelligence and were prone to avoid challenges and failures, thereby robbing themselves of a life rich in experience and learning. On the flip side, she recognized that if these students were willing to try new experiences, make mistakes, and fail, they could also overcome obstacles and criticism if they used perseverance and effort to challenge themselves to succeed. This experience would offer the limitless potential to learn, grow, and live in a Growth Mindset.
The Devereux Group’s short Fixed vs. Growth Assessment determines where you fit on the continuum between Fixed and Growth.