Measuring Stick

We measure everything from distance to height; from financial reports to IQ’s. One of the qualities that separates us from other species is our ability to find patterns and to connect them; we need to justify using our cortex for something, right?

So, how do we measure success? Or, how to we predict success and, I’m not talking about specific success (i.e. what it takes to be the best soccer player?) but, overall success?


If we look at mindset, that is, how someone perceives novelty may be the measuring stick we’re looking for.

The mindsets are called different things to different people.

Do-Good vs. Get-Better

Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset

Entity Theorists vs Learning Theorists

Essentially it is this…

Those who think they need to put in the effort to improve ( aka Get-Better, Growth, Learning Theorists) will perform at a higher level, will have lower levels of anxiety and stress, and will be able to fight through adversity better than those who think that what they’re born with, their talents, their gifts, their faults (aka Do-Good, Fixed, Entity Theorists) are final.

It doesn’t matter if the person is in 1st grade, a race car driver or a chess/Tai Chi Push Hands World Champ.

What areas of your life are you trying to Be-Good (aka perfect)?

Which mindset would you want to measure your success?

One thought on “Measuring Stick

  1. Erin says:

    Fixed Minset vs Growth Mindeset; Very interesting! It really proves, yet again, the power of perspective.

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