In class, we talked about the growth vs. fixed mindset (link includes a quiz to find out which type you are), and the ways that your mindset can impact your success. What it boils down to is whether or not you are able to constantly grow and change. Think about it: there are all kinds of things you will learn and explore throughout your life, and various skills you will gain during your time in college. Yet the world is an ever-changing place; just think of all these jobs that didn’t exist even 10 years ago! The truth is that none of us know what opportunities might exist down the road; the key is to learn how to learn and constantly improve.
The good news is that if you have a fixed mindset, that is something you can work on–and college is the perfect environment to do just that! Some of the ideas in the graphic below are things you can implement in your life right away; others are things you can learn over time if you set your mind to do so.
One note about the below-listed graphic: to me, “don’t know what they want to be” is not a catchall category. This does not refer to not knowing what you want to do as a career (as we just noted, what you might want to do in the future may not even exist today!). It does, however, mean not expanding your world and your boundaries. In college, there are many ways you can start to figure out what you want to be, including: joining student organizations, taking classes in new subject areas, studying abroad, participating in jobs and internships, and much more! These experiences will help give you a better sense of what you do and do not like, and they can help you to learn more about where you want to go from here. Similarly, “keep a journal” is more about reflecting on your experiences and evaluating how those experiences will shape future goals.
So how are you going to be successful?