On this episode, we’ll be discussing ideas for how to go from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset and becoming a lifelong learner.
Carol S. Dweck poses this question in her book, Mindset:
“Think about your intelligence, talents, and personality. Are they fixed or can you develop them?”
Dweck’s writing on Brain Pickings: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/01/29/carol-dweck-mindset/
I believe talents are something we may be born with, but I also believe talent is something we can discover and shape that is already within ourselves. Sure, our bodies may have physical limitations not allowing us to reach certain goals, and we may have some limitations in our brain power, but I’d venture to say that most things are within our reach if we truly want to learn to do them (or be them).
Lifelong learning comes in when you flex your growth mindset muscles on a regular basis. Once you welcome the growth mindset into your life, now you’re open to learning for life however you wish.
Trent Hamm wrote an excellent blog post on The Simple Dollar titled a Beginner’s Guide to Lifelong Learning at a Minimal Cost: https://www.thesimpledollar.com/a-beginners-guide-to-lifelong-learning-at-a-minimal-cost/
Think about your life and your goals. Was there a part of it where you thought – I just can’t do this. I’m not talented enough. And did you push through, or give up on that dream or path? Or have you always been a lifelong learner and it’s just been what you’ve known all along? I’d love to hear your stories!
I love that his first suggestion is to take notes by hand using a simple lined notebook.
Where can you learn on a budget?
- Your local library
- Local events or meetups
- Online courses or MOOCS
I’ve taken the Child Nutrition Course from Stanford University last year on Coursera which was a great blend of learning via reading, books, and lectures via video. I’ll link in the show notes to courses from:
- Blogs and Websites
- Local experts and classes
What I encourage you to do today is write down 10 things you’d like to learn how to do.
Why 10? Well, according to James Altucher, you easily can write down four or five ideas. Once you hit six and beyond, you start to sweat. By exercising your idea muscle just as you would regular muscles when they start to sweat is when they start to grow. When you push past the easy answers, you might find something more challenging to get you started. (https://jamesaltucher.com/2014/05/the-ultimate-guide-for-becoming-an-idea-machine/)