Carol Dweck is a psychologist interested in the concept of a growth mindsets and how that relates to motivation. “Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships.” She contrasts a fixed mindset where people believe that their abilities/potential is basically a given that is unlikely to change greatly with a that of a growth mindset where we believe that our traits/abilities are the starting point and can be developed.
Since the beginning of IQ testing, debate has raged over whether it measures a fixed potential or a starting point that can vary according to a multitude of factors. “…scientists are learning that people have more capacity for life-long learning and brain development than they ever thought.” I do believe that hard work, Commitment, grit and a sense of open potential (growth mindset) will lead to greater intrinsic motivation but ultimately our perceived success will temper the power of the intrinsic motivation and hence our overall growth mindset!
From Carol Dweck’s website: http://mindsetonline.com/whatisit/whatdoesthismeanforme/index.html