More than half of the minds out there, believe intelligence is fixed. Read Talent is Overrated, by Geoff Colvin or The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle and you’ll see how the growth mindset drives one to work to improve their performance, while the “fixed” mindset causes another to Eeyore up, “oh, bother.”
What’s your mindset?
What do you believe about your abilities to learn and develop?
What do you believe about your performance ceiling? Is it fixed or is it bent by your will and by your willingness to work? Interestingly, Alfred Binet, the dead Frenchie that created the I.Q. test believed something that might surprise at least a few folks. Here’s a snippet of his that Dweck sites on page 5 of her book Mindset.
“A few modern philosophers…assert that an individuals intelligence is a fixed quantity, a quantity which cannot be increased. We must protest and react against this brutal pessimism…With practice, training, and above all, method, we manage to increase our attention, our memory, our judgment and literally to become more intelligent than we were before.”
Do not settle. Do not believe anyone that tells you what your ceiling is. Do not stop dreaming because others around you do not see the point, lack the passion, and want nothing more than to rob you of your purpose. Do, however, listen to negative feedback. Run it through your strong CORE. Turn some of it into instruction and put it to work. Consider most of it noise and let it go. Put yourself in acute pain and keep reaching just beyond your capacity. Get comfortable failing in your stretch. Set another target once you’re able to comfortably grab what was once beyond you. And, kinda like the 3P crazies this early am, you will soon be holding something that used to break you. Nobody, most likely will notice besides you. Good. Over time and through adversity, you will get stronger. And, the tiny crack in your performance ceiling will soon give way to blue skies.
No ceilings. Just Blue skies. Blue skies…