Growth Mindset is the Essential Element for Artists (And...Everyone Else)

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Have you read Dr. Carol Dweck's book, Mindset? For the love of everything that is good in love and life and business and relationships, get yourself a copy! Link here.

As an artist, I think that I already have a bit of an edge when it comes to experiencing failure. In my personal experience, a lot of bad art is made on the road to breakthrough. What separates the artists that do, in fact, break through? Willingness to keep failing. Willingness to keep showing up. Willingness to not be a "natural." Willingness to admit that you are still growing. Willingness to celebrate the process. Oh my. These things are not celebrated tendencies in our modern culture in which genius, 'giftedness' and 'natural ability' are prized above all else.

Embracing growth mindset, for me, has meant that I no longer say things like, "I don't paint xyz." or "I only paint xyz." It means that I try things that I might fail at. It means that I share things that I have failed at. It means that I keep getting up at 4:30 in the morning as I continue leaning in to improvement. 

If you are a parent, an employee, a spouse, a friend, or....well...a person in this world...you need to read this book. I absolutely guarantee that it will transform the way that you carry yourself and the way in which you support the people around you. 

All my best,

Erin


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