Cool article from BrainPickings, “Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Up Our Lives”, it features both a graphic (which is too big to share here legibly), and an explanation:
A fixed mindset presumes that our mental ability, character, and creative skills are constant givens that can’t be altered in any significant way. Additionally, success is confirmed by that innate intelligence, which is actually an evaluation of how those givens correlate to an equally fixed standard. Moreover, evading failure at all cost and striving to succeed no matter what turn into a way to maintain the belief of being smart or at least skilled.
On the other hand, a growth mindset flourishes on challenges and views failure not as a proof of being poor mentally or of lacking aptitude but as an encouraging starting point for growth and for enhancing our potential. A great deal of our behavior, the way we see success and failure, both in a professional and a personal context, and finally our capability to be happy springs from these two mindsets which we manifest in the earliest stages of our life.
It’s a long, but fantastic article that really helps highlight each mindset to help you determine which one you have, and make a case for trying to be more growth oriented.