It wasn't that long ago when I was sitting in a personal growth seminar, answering questions about myself to determine if I have a fixed or growth mindset. Not being completely familiar with the terms, I answered the questions. Do you measure yourself by failures rather than successes? Do you think people are judges, not allies? Are you comforted by believing there permanent limits to your abilities? Yes. Yes. Yes. Well these were all answers to the fixed mindset questions. Once I figured out that a fixed mindset wasn't the "good one," I was embarrassed to admit that I had so many of those qualities. What Are The Fixed And Growth Mindsets? People with a Fixed Mindset believe they are born with innate talents or intelligence, and they thrive off of proving those talents rather than continuing to develop them or even developing new talents for fear of failure. They also believe that effort is a weakness because if you are born with talent, you don't need to work . . .