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Why Is It Important To Have A Growth Mindset At Work?

Posted by: Jemma Puzey

Have you ever heard of the phrase “Is the glass half empty or half full?” Having a growth mindset is the idea that you always view the glass as half full. This means you view the world through eyes of optimism. In a growth mindset people believe that through dedication, persistence and hard work they can accomplish great things from the most basic abilities.

In recruitment it is extremely important to have a growth mindset. As all recruiters will agree, recruitment is a bumpy roller-coaster ride of ups and downs, good days and bad days and success’ and failures. To achieve within it, it is always important to believe in yourself, and believing you can be successful is a massive part of having a growth mindset. Staying positive is a key part of motivation, so when a candidate finds another job, or when a client chooses a different candidate, it is important not to let this spoil your day and instead, you must stay within that growth mindset and keep going.

One of my favourite examples of people who has a growth mindset is Paula Radcliffe. She is an English Long distance runner, three-time winner of the London marathon and has been the woman marathon world record holder for 15 years. Do you think she would have been able to do it without her growth mindset? Paula said that "Every time I go out and race it's a goal to go out and run faster than I've done before.” Even in her early career, after her second senior race she said “I just want to do my best and still enjoy it. I want to keep on enjoying it, keep on improving, get as much out of it as I can and put as much back as I can." Only time has told, her growth mindset, positive attitude and persistence has made her the champion she is today.

In summary, it’s important to keep a growth mindset whilst at work to push yourself to achieve, be the best you can be and reach your goals. Create a positive atmosphere and motivate others whilst enjoying yourself, and always remember that the glass is half full.

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