Psychologist Carol Dweck speaks of two mindsets: The Growth Mindset and the Fixed Mindset. Carol Dweck studies human motivation. In her own words, she describes her work: “My work bridges developmental psychology, social psychology, and personality psychology, and examines the self-conceptions (or mindsets) people use to structure the self and guide their behavior. My research looks at the origins of these mindsets, their role in motivation and self-regulation, and their impact on achievement and interpersonal processes.”
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People exist in this world generally holding either The Fixed Mindset or The Growth Mindset. People with the fixed mindset operate in this world believing that things, in general, are “set”. Such as creativity, learning, habits etc. They are stagnant in their path of life and believe that the world is stagnant as well. People who have the fixed mindset do not easily accept challenges and for the most part, do not see the benefits in them at all. They are also threatened by the success of others. On the other hand, those with the growth mindset are of the belief that everything and everyone has the capacity to change and grow. They realize that in this world, there is an ebb and flow to how things work and that change is constant and it is good. They view criticism and feedback as a chance to improve in areas that are lacking. They are challenged by other people’s successes and rather than be threatened they use it as a push to better themselves.
It is important to remember though that nobody exists singularly in one mindset and that every individual will shift from one to another from time to time. However, individuals will largely live out their lives heavily influenced by one mindset.
What does this have to do with hiring a Virtual Assistant?
As business owners and entrepreneurs we would like to think that for the most part, we exist in the Growth Mindset space. After all, running a business is no easy task and despite all the great advice, coaches and books that exist about how to be successful, the reality is that each business is unique in its challenges, realities, and successes; therefore we all learn to adapt and adjust to the circumstances in which our businesses exist. It is totally possible, however, that in navigating the waters of business ownership, we become rigid and forget about growth.
For those who flourish in a fixed mindset, hiring a Virtual assistant could be beneficial since the general belief is that everything is what it is, hiring someone who excels at tasks that either take you too long because you do not like it, or are not good at it, would be beneficial, rather than wasting your own precious time. You can focus on those things which you are set to pursue and leave the rest to capable and worthy hands.
For the business owner who thrives in the growth mindset, hiring a virtual assistant is an opportunity to gain more time to cultivate other areas of your business that only you as a leader and entrepreneur can really focus on. You not only get to help lead your business to success but you foster the success of others within your business as well.
We know that you need to be flexible and conform to what needs to be done to make your business thrive. Whatever mindset you are in, there is one important point you need to remember, your value lies in what you spend your time doing. Steve Murray, owner of REAL trends recently told us in a conversation that his business grew when he stopped doing $20 an hour tasks because he knew he was a $1000 an hour guy. Know your value and what you bring to your business and empower yourself by delegating the rest.