GYWD 21: How the Growth Mindset Can Unlock Your Writing Potential

Episode #21

Are great writers born or made? Is your productivity level something fixed, or can you become a more productive person over time? If you haven’t written a book by age 30, will you ever? Do rejections mean you’re a failure?

In this podcast we take another look at the writer’s mindset. Our focus today is the importance of a growth mindset. Research shows that adopting a growth mindset, rather than a fixed mindset, plays a huge role in how people live their lives. Thanks to its impact on learning, challenge seeking, and motivation, adopting a growth mindset leads to greater happiness and life satisfaction, as well as to greater achievement.

In this episode I start by sharing a personal lesson about growth that took me over twenty years to talk about in public. Then I outline the differences between growth and fixed mindsets, talk about why the growth mindset is so crucial for writers, and walk through five strategies for growing your growth mindset.

Carol Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Jennifer Smith, "Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset: How What You Think Affects What You Achieve,"
Ashley Cullins, "Fixed Mindset Vs. Growth Mindset Examples,"

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