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A fixed mindset leads to fixed problems

by Matthew Clark - Staff Writer
Tue, Feb 14th 2017 11:00 pm

 On Friday, Feb. 10, a leadership workshop titled "Growth Mindset Workshop" was held in the Seymour College Union.  The workshop was headed by Amanda Dunn, who discussed the importance of learning from mistakes in order to improve yourself.

Dunn engaged her audience by asking about goals they accomplished in their lives, how they did it and how they felt about it. One of the main lessons of the meeting was to explain the differences between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. A person with a fixed mindset avoids challenges, gives up easily and is threatened by the success of others. On the contrary, a person with a growth mindset embraces challenges, persists in the face difficulty and finds inspiration in the successes of others.

"Growth mindset is something that I felt like I had personally struggled with throughout my college experience," Dunn said. "I was approached to do a leadership workshop spring of last year. I thought this topic was so important for students to know about especially when developing their leadership abilities because they're not going to become a leader overnight. It's a process that takes time, it takes practice, and it takes consistently improving yourself when you're a leader."

An important lesson to be taken from the workshop is that failure is the first attempt in learning, which was explained using the acronym F.A.I.L., which stands for "first attempt in learning." Changing the words we use to describe ourselves and to describe our failures can lead to a positive mindset.