Do You Have a Growth Mindset?

Generally speaking, people who travel a lot tend to be pretty open-minded. They tend to be curious and have a strong, innate desire to learn and grow. They tend to have a growth mindset.

Someone with a growth mindset embraces failure and sees it as an opportunity to grow and improve. They embrace challenge and enjoy trying new things. They experiment. They are curious.

Someone with a fixed mindset, on the other hand, thinks that their character, intelligence and abilities are fixed and cannot change. They will do whatever they can to avoid failure because they see it as a reflection of who they are and who they will continue to be. They hesitate to try new things and do things outside of their comfort zone because they don’t want to fail or look dumb.

Okay, so why does it matter at the end of the day?

Because mindset is everything. The way that you look at life will affect everything from your travels to your career success to your personal relationships and overall happiness.

If you think that you have more of a fixed mindset, the good news is that this is something that can be changed. You just have to be willing to change.

If you want to develop more of a growth mindset, here are a few ways that you can do that:

  1. Think of yourself as a “work in progress” or an “experiment”
  2. Don’t take yourself or life too seriously
  3. Be curious and make sure you are continuously learning
  4. Value the journey–not the finish line
  5. See each challenge as an opportunity to learn and grow
  6. Face your fears
  7. Learn from each failure
  8. Celebrate the success of others

Of course, all of this is a lot easier said than done.

If you want to develop a growth mindset, you will have to step outside of your comfort zone.

You will have to constantly question and shut down that inner voice that tells you that you can’t do something or that reprimands you for your failures.

You will have to essentially train your brain to rethink everything that you have grown up thinking.

But eventually, if you work at it, that growth mindset will become a part of you.

Published by maryb1986

I am a 26 year old blogger and graduate student of Global Communications living in Paris. As someone with an unbridled passion for Brazil and Brazilian Portuguese, I recently started teaching myself this beautiful language. This blog documents my journey as I learn Portuguese and all things Brazilian! If you have any comments, questions or would like to share some ideas, feel free to e-mail me at And you can also follow my Facebook page:

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