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.”
The Basic Breakdown.
People exist in this world generally holding either The Fixed Mindset or The Growth Mindset. People with a 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 a fixed mindset do not easily accept challenges and, for the most part, do not see the benefits in them at all. The success of others also threatens them. On the other hand, those with the growth mindset believe that everything and everyone has the capacity to change and grow. They realize that there is an ebb and flow to how things work in this world and that change is constant and 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 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. 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. However, it is totally possible 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 you are set to pursue and leave the rest to be 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 can really focus on as a leader and entrepreneur. As a result, 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, the 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.