Regardless of what our definition of success is, we embrace a feeling of pride when we accomplish something we wanted. That pride makes us feel like we are on top of the world and as if nothing can touch us. But then, we realize that society continually wants us to be successful, and we are devoured into a rat race for success.
Beliefs are inherently subjective. Individually and collectively, we may hold a belief for which we have a particular sense of certitude and conviction. Now, this does not mean that just because one is certain that one’s belief is true, that it is not infallible. Believing in something does not necessarily make it true.
In society today, there are two types of mindsets that we commonly see: a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Carol Dweck, Stanford University’s talented researcher and professor, asserts that a fixed mindset constricts people into thinking that their internal and external qualities are stuck in stone and cannot be changed. In other words, these individuals believe that they are inherently good or bad at a task; therefore, failure is interpreted as a reflection of themselves rather than an opportunity for growth.