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Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset

Hey everyone, welcome back to Experience Andy Weins Live! This week, I’m diving into one of my favorite topics: growth mindset versus fixed mindset. But first, let’s talk about something crucial—gratitude. Every week, I make it a point to practice gratitude on this show. It’s a simple but powerful practice that helps me stay focused on what truly matters.

Gratitude allows me to concentrate on what drives me and makes me who I am. It fills me with optimism because when we actively look for things to be grateful for, we find them. This isn’t always easy—I’ve struggled with it over the years. But every week, I come on here, and I share this moment with you. This week, my gratitude is about volleyball. I’ve been playing almost my entire life, and for the past 15 years, I’ve been down at Bradford Beach. Just yesterday, I reconnected with old friends, played a dozen games, and felt deeply thankful for these people who accept me for who I am, no matter how much I’ve changed.

Moving on to some exciting news—I booked one of the biggest speaking gigs of my career this morning! I’m thrilled about this opportunity and eager to see how I can impact your organization. Whether it’s a workshop for a small group or a keynote for hundreds, I want to make a difference. Reach out to me on AndyWeins.com, LinkedIn, or via phone or email.

Now, let’s get into the heart of today’s topic: growth mindset versus fixed mindset. Last Friday, I had the chance to attend an incredible Vistage CEO round table where I heard from Dr. Eve Meceda. She discussed the differences between fixed mindset and growth mindset, drawing from Dr. Carol Dweck’s book, “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.”

In a nutshell, fixed mindset individuals often have early successes and then plateau. They achieve a certain level of comfort and stop pushing themselves. On the other hand, growth mindset individuals constantly strive, fall, and get back up, always aiming for more. They embrace challenges and learn from failures.

Think about it this way: fixed mindset people may reach their peak quickly, but they stop growing. Growth mindset people, however, climb a mountain full of ups and downs, continuously learning and progressing. They endure the hustle, embrace the struggle, and enjoy the grind. And that’s where true growth happens.

Take a moment to reflect on your own mindset. Do you find yourself settling into comfort, or are you pushing through discomfort to achieve more? Embrace the idea that failure is just the first attempt at learning. It’s about consistency and momentum, not just motivation.

One powerful exercise is to reframe your language. Instead of saying “I can’t,” say “I struggle with.” This shift makes you the victor of your story, not the victim of your circumstances. Identify what’s holding you back, seek out the knowledge or support you need, and take action.

This week, I challenge you to look at an area of your life you’re unhappy with. What one thing would you change if you could? What’s stopping you? Chances are, you’re stuck in a fixed mindset. Start shifting your language and mindset towards growth.

Remember, the best ideas aren’t in museums or libraries—they’re in cemeteries because people let self-limiting beliefs stop them. Don’t be one of those people. Use this week to make a small change in your mindset. Embrace the hustle, struggle, and grind of growth.

I’m Andy Weins, and I’ll see you next week. Let’s go out there and do the fucking thing!

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Andy Weins

Andy Weins is a fourth-generation entrepreneur, Veteran of the U.S. Army, and speaker. Through consulting, teaching, podcasting, and writing, he is an enthusiastic supporter of Veterans, entrepreneurs, community engagement, individual empowerment, and the environment.

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