I'm still reading Mindset by Carol Dweck. If you are just starting out with creative habits or have hit a low point--this is the book to check out. Here's an excerpt that relates:
Just because some people can do something with little or no training, it doesn't mean that others can't do it (and sometime do it even better) with training. That is so important, because many, many people with the fixed mindset think that someone's early performance tells you all you need to know about their talent and their future.
It would have been a real shame if people discouraged Jackson Pollack for that reason. Experts agree that Pollack had little native talent for art, and when you look at his early products, it showed. They also agree that he became one of the greatest American painters of the twentieth century and that he revolutionized modern art. How did he go from point A to point B?
Dedication is how Jackson Pollock got from point A to point B. Pollock was wildly in love with the idea of being an artist. He thought about art all the time, and he did it all the time. Because he was so gung-ho, he got others to take him seriously and mentor him until he mastered all there was to master and began to produce startlingly original works.
Can anyone do anything? I don't really know. However, I think we can now agree that people can do a lot more than first meets the eye.
It starts with a growth mindset. You have that mindset if you:
- embrace challenges
- persist in the face of setbacks
- see effort as the path to mastery
- learn from criticism
- find lessons and inspiration in the success of others.
A growth mindset leads to a desire to learn and as a result allows you to reach ever higher levels of achievement. If you don't have a growth mindset, how do you change?
One thing I tell people is, just as a first step, start listening to the fixed mindset voice in your head. It’s always there, telling you: “Oh, are you sure you want to do this? You might make mistakes and, you know, people will find you out. You’re not going to look like the genius you want to look like.” Or if you start struggling, the fixed mindset says, “Oh, I told you so, but it’s not too late, you can still get out and save face.” For a while just do that, just start listening to the fixed mindset voice keeping score. And then over time: Start talking back. -Carol Dweck