Philosophy and Mindset
In general, a "mind-set" is an attitude, disposition, or mood - an intention or inclination. It is the ideas and attitudes with which a person approaches a situation, especially when these ideas and attitudes are seen as being difficult to alter (change).
"The mindset affects personal character, and personal character is an amorphous quality that exerts a powerful influence on every thing we do. We learn, deduce, envision, engage, benchmark with the best and dream of becoming BIG! So far so good. But mere dreaming, mere wanting is not enough. Converting all this to reality requires change in mindset and when it comes to it, we fail miserably and therefore fail in reaching our goals and realizing our dreams!"
"There is a tremendous dilemma embedded in this discussion: how can we transform organizations if we are not yet capable of transforming our own mindset? Clearly, we cannot."
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The above quote shows how powerful a mindset can be and that we have need to be able to change our mindset as well as the mindset of others in order to effectively bring about any form of change.
"... a mindset is a set of assumptions, methods, or notations held by one or more people or groups of people that is so established that it creates a powerful incentive within these people or groups to continue to adopt or accept prior behaviors, choices, or tools." - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindset
Building a holistic mindset for repairing the world (Tikkun Olam)
There is an enemy to world peace. The enemy we need to fight has no particular nationality, religious, cultural or political background. It is a mindset - the emergence of homogeneous thought and dogmatism, impermeable to dialogue with anyone who is perceived to be outside the culture. This mindset is built around rigid understandings of identity and of enmity. It is these mindsets that have been spreading everywhere, from Europe to American, to Arab to Asian countries, regardless of religion, culture, education, and economic status.
A global - homogeneous society, where there will be no fighting, at least with religion and race or creed, might seem to be an ideal social system - one that will offer a greater level of peace and security. However, there is the chance of a problem, such as; we won't have to imitate any particular culture or belief system and that might cause a problem of reducing the evolution (change) of our thinking power and our ability of absorption of revolutionary concepts. Thus, in order to repair the world, bring about true Peace, we all have to learn to create a new and better mindset - a mindset that allows for, even encourage, critical thinking while affording everyone the ability to have independent thought.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than twenty years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work and relationships, and how we raise our kids, ultimately predicting whether or not we will fulfill our potential. Dweck has found that everyone has one of two basic mindsets.
If you have the fixed mindset, you believe that your talents and abilities are set in stone - either you have them or you don't. You must prove yourself over and over, trying to look smart and talented at all costs. This is the path of stagnation. If you have a growth mindset, however, you know that talents can be developed and that great abilities are built over time. This is the path of opportunity and success.
Dweck demonstrates that mindset unfolds in childhood and adulthood and drives every aspect of our lives, from work to sports, from relationships to parenting. She reveals how creative geniuses in all fields - music, literature, science, sports, business - apply the growth mindset to achieve results. Perhaps even more important, she shows us how we can change our mindset at any stage of life to achieve true success and fulfillment. She looks across a broad range of applications and helps parents, teachers, coaches, and executives see how they can promote the growth mindset.
"Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is widely regarded as one of the world's leading researchers in the fields of personality, social psychology, and developmental psychology. She has been the William B. Ransford Professor of Psychology at Columbia University and is now the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her scholarly book Self-Theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development was named Book of the Year by the World Education Fellowship. Her work has been featured in such publications as The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, and she has appeared on Today and 20/20. She lives with her husband in Palo Alto, California."