Do you know what I love the most about working in research and the academic environment?
It's the fact that I'm always learning something.
There are always new things to discover. There are always interesting conversations to be had. I am constantly making mistakes and learning great lessons through those mistakes.
Over the last four years, I've really worked to develop what Carol Dweck would call a growth mindset. In short, a growth mindset focuses on learning and improvement, not success/failure or being perfect (she calls the latter a fixed mindset). If you want to read more about it, I highly recommend reading her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. I have to admit, though, for a person who leans Type A on the personality scale (like me), breaking out of the fixed mindset can be hard. In certain contexts, I still find myself struggling to focus on learning and improvement above making the grade or being "perfect." However, over the years and with a lot of practice, I find myself asking more and more often "What can I learn from this?" or "How can I improve next time?"
So this is my question for your today - What mindset do you currently have? Do you have that mindset in every context or does it change? Are there contexts in which a different mindset could enhance your quality of life? I encourage you to start to be more mindful of your mindset and the impact it has on your life.