How do we reconcile ‘being enough’ with wanting to learn, improve, and grow?
To answer this, let’s consider the fixed and growth mindset — two mindsets made famous by psychologist Carol Dweck.
Put simply, someone with a fixed mindset views intelligence, ability and talent as inherently unchangeable — we are either born a maths genius…a musical prodigy… a marathon machine… or we’re not.
Whereas someone with a growth mindset views those same traits as learnable and capable of improvement (to an extent) by putting in the effort.
If we could simplify this even further… someone with a fixed mindset sees vulnerability as a weakness (is closed and closed-minded) whereas someone with a growth mindset sees vulnerability as a strength (is open and open-minded).
“Being enough” means we believe our self-worth is unconditional and not conditional on having to do something or achieve something. From this foundation, we then have the courage to learn, improve and grow, because we’re no longer attaching our self-worth to the outcome. We can then go and tackle our hopes, dreams and goals without the outcome impacting on our “enough-ness. What we do is not who we are.
Thomas Edison is perhaps one of the most notable and humble scientists of all time who got the balance right and exemplified a growth mindset when he famously said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10 000 ways that won’t work.” With an unconditional sense of self, his story focused on the courage to learn, improve and grow.
In summary, “being enough” and “wanting to learn and grow” are both necessary.
It’s I am enough… now what do I want in life.
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