In decision theory and general systems theory, a mindset is a set of assumptions, methods, or notations held by one or more people or groups of people. A mindset can also be seen as incident of a person’s world view or philosophy of life. It is also the title of an incredible book that can help you optimize your mindset (see Mindset by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck).
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella seems to have loved this book. Here are his views:
“I was reading it not in the context of business or work culture, but in the context of my children’s education. The author describes the simple metaphor of kids at school. One of them is a ‘know-it-all’ and the other is a ‘learn-it-all,’ and the ‘learn-it-all’ always will do better than the other one even if the ‘know-it-all’ kid starts with much more innate capability… Going back to business: If that applies to boys and girls at school, I think it also applies to CEOs like me, and entire organizations, like Microsoft.”
We know you must feel the same, why else would you be here at ThingsCyber? You want to keep learning and making sense of the incredible world unfolding around us. You want to learn it all don’t you?
Which gets to another way of putting Satya’s comments: Don’t be a know-it-all, bet a learn-it-all.
Acting like you know everything is obnoxious to others and will hurt you and your goals. Be proud of being smart, but don’t be arrogant or obnoxious. More importantly, you need to keep learning. Learn from your environment, learn from others, learn from yourself.
More on the book:
After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with agrowth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.
In this edition, Dweck offers new insights into her now famous and broadly embraced concept. She introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. She also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organizations. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love—to transform their lives and your own.
For more see: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
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