Refer to This When You’re Feeling Frustrated on Guitar

We all experience frustration on the guitar at times.  We encourage you to adopt a “growth mindset.”  The book “Mindset” by Carol Dweck explores the concept of mindset and how it influences our success and personal development. Dweck introduces two main types of mindsets: the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.

Fixed Mindset:

People with a fixed mindset believe that their abilities, intelligence, and talents are innate and unchangeable. They tend to avoid challenges, fear failure, and view effort as fruitless.

Failure is seen as a reflection of their inherent limitations, and they often give up easily when faced with difficulties.

They also tend to feel threatened by the success of others, as it implies that their own abilities are limited in comparison.

Growth Mindset:

Those with a growth mindset believe that abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication, hard work, and learning. They view challenges as opportunities for growth and embrace failures as learning experiences.

Effort is seen as a path to mastery, and they persist in the face of setbacks.

They are inspired by the success of others and see it as evidence of the potential for growth and improvement.

Dweck emphasizes the power of adopting a growth mindset, as it can lead to greater resilience, motivation, and achievement. She provides examples from various fields, including education, sports, and business, to illustrate how individuals with a growth mindset tend to excel.

The book also highlights the importance of nurturing a growth mindset in children and offers practical advice on how parents, teachers, and coaches can encourage this mindset in young individuals.

In essence, “Mindset” advocates for the idea that our beliefs about our abilities can significantly impact our success and happiness in life, and that cultivating a growth mindset can lead to greater fulfillment and achievement.

The book advocates for the transformative potential of adopting a growth mindset, showing that by embracing challenges, valuing effort, and viewing failures as stepping stones to success, individuals can unlock their full potential and lead more enriching and accomplished lives.


Quotes from the Book:

The growth mindset allows you to value what you’re doing regardless of the outcome. It allows you to love what you’re doing in the face of difficulties. Top growth-minded athletes, CEOs, musicians, and scientists, for example, all love what they do, whereas many fix-minded professionals often do not.

Many growth-minded people didn’t even plan to get to the top; they got there as a result of doing what they love. It’s ironic: the top is where the fix-minded people hunger to be, but it’s where many growth-minded people arrive as a byproduct of their enthusiasm. This point is crucial.


Think about your hero. Do you think about that person as someone with extraordinary abilities who achieved with little effort? Now go find out the truth of the tremendous effort that went into their accomplishment and admire them more.

Think of times when others outdid you and you just assumed they were smarter or more talented. Now consider that they just used better strategies, learned more, practiced harder, and worked their way through obstacles. You can do that too, if you want to.


Think of something you need to do, want to learn, or a problem that needs solving. Make a concrete plan. What is the plan? When will you follow through on it? Where and how will you do it? Think about it in vivid detail.

Plans you can visualize about when, where and how you’re going to do something lead to really high levels of follow-through, which of course massively increases the chances of success. So the idea is not only to make a concrete plan, but also to visualize how you’re going to carry it out.

The critical thing is to make a concrete, growth-oriented plan, and to stick to it.

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