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Mindset: The Power and Impact Our Beliefs Have on Our Lives

Few of us have been spared adversity this past year — we’ve collectively endured a pandemic and reckoned with upheavals of norms and comforts we once enjoyed. Whether we faced these challenges head-on or avoided them depends on our mindsets. Mindset is what we feel and believe about our talents and capabilities and has a profound effect on how we lead our lives.

Coined and researched by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, there are two distinct mindsets we employ when faced with challenges: growth vs. fixed. The fixed mindset views challenges as obstacles to avoid, while the growth mindset embraces them as opportunities to learn. It turns out that the growth mindset is more valuable in challenging times, like a pandemic, and can lead to what’s known as post-traumatic growth.

In this PurposeCast, Heidi Grant, Ph.D., a former student of Carol Dweck, will help us understand these two mindsets, recognize them, and learn ways to shift our mindset towards growth. Heidi is a social psychologist, speaker, and author exploring topics like leadership, influence, and motivation. She is ranked among the top management thinkers globally and is passionate about helping people persist in the face of setbacks or challenges with a growth mindset.

Join Vic and Heidi as they discuss the importance of a growth mindset and how we can experience growth as we overcome adversity.

Key takeaways from this PurposeCast:

  • Understand the key behaviors and beliefs of the fixed and growth mindsets
  • How to recognize and shift your mindset towards growth for ever-higher achievement
  • Strategies to approach adversity with a growth mindset for a higher likelihood of post-traumatic growth

Ready to change your mindset? Join us on Thursday, June 24 @ 1 pm ET.

About PurposeCast

PurposeCast is a series of conversations highlighting purpose-driven thought leaders, experts, and innovators. Through their stories, get a glimpse into their journeys and gain insights and actionable tips for yourself. Learn how they harnessed their purpose to live bigger lives and how you can too.


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Vic Strecher, PhD, MPH

CEO and Chief Purpose Officer, Kumanu

Vic Strecher (PhD, MPH) is a leader and visionary in the fields of purpose and wellbeing, creating new solutions that operate at the intersection of the science of behavior change and advanced technology. In 1998, Vic created Health Media pioneering Web-based “digital health coaching.” Since January 2014, Vic has given keynote presentations about the role of purpose in life, energy, and willpower to over 1,500 organizations, providing him the opportunity to not only respond to the growing interests of the market, but to also continue to help shape it. In late 2015, Kumanu (formerly JOOL Health) was launched as a major paradigm shift in how individuals engage in the pursuit of purpose, meaning and wellbeing while offering organizations a more insightful means to support positive culture and behavior change.

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Heidi Grant, PhD

Director of Research & Development, Learning at EY
Heidi Grant, Ph.D., is a social psychologist who researches, writes, and speaks about the science of leadership and motivation. In both 2017 and 2019, she was named one of Thinkers50’s most influential management thinkers globally in their biannual rankings. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Columbia University, working with Carol Dweck (author of Mindset). She is the Director of Research & Development for EY Americas Learning, Associate Director of the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia University, and author of many best-selling books including Nine Things Successful People Do Differently. Dr. Grant has appeared regularly on CBS: This Morning, and is also a contributor to the Harvard Business Review, 99u, Fast Company, Business Insider, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today.

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