Anova’s Values Blog Series – Growth Mindset: Carol Dweck

Anova Consulting believes that one of the keys to success lies in the ability to adapt and learn from the challenges we face. These shared beliefs, essentially our corporate ethos, are values we strive to put into action every day. This is the first in a series of blogs that explore Anova’s values through the lens of people we feel embody them.


The key to success lies in the ability to adapt and learn from the challenges we face. It requires the courage to push beyond our comfort zone and embrace adversity with a positive attitude. This approach, known as a “growth mindset,” is illustrated in the work of Carol Dweck, an acclaimed Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.

Dweck’s research highlights the importance of overcoming obstacles, seeking feedback, and believing in the ability to improve performance with hard work and effort. Her work has practical applications in many fields, including education, business, and sports. In her education research, for example, students willing to persevere through difficult tasks improved their grades and developed a love for learning. Similarly, in business, employees who are adaptable, innovative, and resilient in the face of change are also more likely to succeed.

Dweck’s own story is a testament to the power of a growth mindset. She began her academic career as a music major but switched to psychology after discovering her passion for understanding the mind and human behavior. Despite not having a background in psychology, she pursued her interest and eventually became one of the most influential psychologists of her time.

What can we learn here? First, we should have the courage to embrace challenges and to view obstacles as opportunities for growth. Second, we should cultivate a love for learning and be willing to adapt and innovate to remain relevant and successful. Finally, we should maintain a positive attitude and truly believe in our ability to succeed, even in the face of adversity. Anova’s most successful clients embody these qualities to stay competitive and achieve long-term success.