When you focus on a growth mindset, you embrace all the things that have feltthreatening: challenge, struggle, criticism, and setbacks. When you embrace the tough stuff, you open yourself up to fully realize your potential and all that you can be. Instead of depending on luck or "natural" talent, you focus on developing your skills and abilities, and learning from yourefforts.The good news is that even if you currently have a fixed mindset, it's not afixed thing. Mindsets are an important part of your personality, but you canchange them. Just by knowing about the two mindsets, you can startthinking and reacting in new ways. People tell me that they start to catchthemselves when they are in the throes of the fixed mindset - passing up achance for learning, feeling labelled by a failure, or getting discouraged whensomething requires a lot of effort. And then they switch themselves into thegrowth mindset - making sure they take the challenge, learn from thefailure, or continue their effort.You can try a growth mindset on for size, even if it's just temporary. Youcan even do it on the spot. It's also important to realize that even if peoplehave a fixed mindset, they're not always in that mindset. In fact, in many ofour studies, we put people into a growth mindset. We tell them that anability can be learned and that the task will give them a chance to do that. Or we have them read a scientific article that teaches them the growthmindset. The article describes people who did not have natural ability, butwho developed exceptional skills. These experiences make our researchparticipants into growth-minded thinkers, at least for the moment - andthey act like growth-minded thinkers, too.With a fixed mindset, you love the score, With the growth mindset, you lovethe process and the growth. The growth mindset does allow people to lovewhat they're doing - and to continue to love it in the face of difficulties. Thegrowth-minded athletes, CEOs, musicians, or scientists all loved what theydid, whereas many of the fixed-minded ones did not. Many growth-mindedpeople didn't even plan to go to the top. They got there as a result of doingwhat they love. It's ironic: The top is where the fixed-mindset people hungerto be, but it's where many growth-minded people arrive as a by-product oftheir enthusiasm for what they do. With the fixed inset, unless you win, youlose. But with the growth mindset, the journey is the reward, even whenthings don't go as planned.