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PPI #166: Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset

Eric Partaker

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset // Our minds are the most powerful thing on Earth, but it can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. In harnessing the power of your mind and aligning your mindset with your ambition, it is key to adopt a growth mindset. In this video, peak performance coach and expert Eric Partaker will highlight the difference between a growth and fixed mindset, and show you the characteristics of each, so you can build mental toughness, resilience and develop a high performance lifestyle, helping you to reach your full potential.


Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do – The amount of effort you put in now will correlate with the success you eventually achieve. Don’t give up, keep working hard, no matter how difficult the road ahead seems.  

Where There Is No Struggle, There Is No Strength – Embrace obstacles. They are the primary way in which you’re going to become stronger, more capable and more able to achieve your goals in work and life. 

Who’s In Your Inner Circle? – Surround yourself with people that will push you to better yourself. Your path to growth lies in surrounding yourself with people who are at a level slightly higher than yourself. 

Feedback Is The Breakfast Of Champions – Actively seek out feedback. Find out how you can improve. Discuss what you could be doing better for next time. Be comfortable feeling vulnerable towards people because feedback will lead to personal growth. 


Today we’re going to talk about some of the differences between a growth and a fixed mindset, so that you can optimize your mind and thinking to set yourself up for success. So do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? You’re about to find out very soon.

Hi, my name is Eric Partaker. And I’ve been recognized as the CEO of the year. And I’m also the author of two best-selling books, including The 3 Alarms. So here’s your first test to determine whether you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. Do you think your traits, qualities and intelligence are relatively set and that they can’t really be changed? Or do you think that dramatic change of your traits, characteristics and intelligence is still possible no matter where you are in life? Well, the truth is, it is still possible, but it requires you to believe in it. And that’s one of the hallmarks of a growth mindset. Someone with a growth mindset realizes that it’s the amount of effort that they put in at the end of the day and how dedicated they are in the pursuit of their journey, that is going to translate to the success that they’re seeking.

They apply effort in the right places at the right time, and they don’t give up. They keep working, they keep pursuing whatever that goal or new habit or routine is. Whereas a fixed mindset person will think that, “Oh, there’s no point. I can’t really improve much in this area or increase my intelligence much in this area. So I’m not even going to try.” How about when it comes to obstacles. Do you try to avoid them or do you look forward to them? Do you see them as your path to improvement? I’m giving away where you should be. You should be in the camp of the growth mindset person. Which actually looks at obstacles as the way forward. As challenges as the primary way in which they’re going to become stronger, more capable, and more able to do the things that they want and their work and life.

Whereas a fixed mindset person never wants to try too hard. And when an obstacle gets put in their path, they tend to retract and they try to find another way around. But there are no shortcuts. And it’s through the obstacle itself that you’ll find the freedom, happiness and the growth that you’re seeking. Growth mindset people are constantly looking to surround themselves with people that are slightly better than them, with people that push them to greater heights. You won’t get better, you won’t improve in life by keeping yourself with people who are at the same level as you. Your path to growth lies in surrounding yourself with people who are at a level slightly higher than you are. Last but not least, when it comes to feedback, growth mindset people take a very different view on it than fixed mindset. And I’d like you to ask yourself, which camp do you feel that you’re in?

So growth mindset people look for feedback. They constantly go up to people and they say, “How would you improve upon this?” Or, “What can I be doing better?” And they especially ask that question of the people that perhaps they’re leading or that are reporting into them. They are okay with feeling vulnerable towards those people. Whereas fixed mindset people are afraid of feedback. They don’t want to hear how they could be better. The last thing that they would want to do is go up to a group of people, especially people that maybe are a little bit below them, say within a company or a group and say, “Hey, how can I be better? How am I not playing up to my full capability?” They don’t like the thought of that. But the feedback is gold. You need that feedback. If you want to know, for example, how you’re doing as a leader, ask the people that you’re leading.

If you want to know how you’re doing as a member in your family, ask the other family members, “How am I doing and what can I do to improve?” Growth mindset people are constantly seeking feedback. They use it as a path for development and improvement in a way to elevate their game so that they can achieve the things that they want and work in life. Now to wrap all this up, here’s another exciting thing about growth mindset versus fixed mindset people. Growth mindset people have a much stronger correlation with achieving success than fixed mindset. They are much more likely to succeed. They’re much more likely to achieve their goals. They’re much more likely to recover from setbacks and carry on. And here’s the other exciting thing. Even if you felt that after everything that I’ve described, that you’re more of a fixed mindset rather than a growth mindset person, you can change your mindset over time.

There’s actually a fantastic book on this that you can go more deeply into it. And we’ll even give you the tips, tools, and tactics that you can use to transition from that fixed mindset to growth mindset. And the book is called Mindset by Carol Dweck. So make sure you check that up. And I’d love to hear from you. So don’t forget to leave a comment and a rating as well. And if you’d like to get a copy of my new book, The 3 Alarms, please head over to my website at That’s E-R-I-C,, where you can pick up a free digital copy of my new best-selling book, The 3 Alarms.

Eric has been named "CEO of the Year" at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards, one of the "Top 30 Entrepreneurs in the UK" by Startups Magazine, and among "Britain's 27 Most Disruptive Entrepreneurs" by The Telegraph.

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