Here's a great story on how growth mindset can lead to success!
A great Egyptian pharaoh summons his two young nephews, Adum and Seth, and he commissions them to a majestic task: Build me two monumental pyramids as a tribute to Egypt.
Upon completion of each nephew's pyramid, Pharaoh promises each an immediate retirement and lavish of luxury for the rest of their natural lives.
Additionally, each nephew must construct his pyramid alone.
Adum and Seth, both 18, know their daunting task will take years to complete. Nonetheless, each is ready for the challenge and honored by the Pharaoh's directive.
They exit Pharaoh's chambers ready to begin the long pyramid-building process.
Adum begins work immediately.
He slowly drags large heavy stones into a square formation. After a few months, the base of Adum's pyramid takes shape.
People start to gather around Adum's constructive efforts and praise his work.
The stones are heavy and difficult to move, and after one year of heavy labor, Adum's square foundation to the pyramid is nearly finished.
But Adum is dazzled and confused...
The plot of land that should bear Seth's pyramid is empty.
Not one stone has been laid, no foundation, no dirt engravings... Nothing.
It's the same as a year ago when Pharaoh commissioned the job.
Confused, Adum visits Seth's home and finds him diligently working and focused on a twisted apparatus, that is completely unknown in Adum's mind.
Fixed vs Growth Mindset Thinking
Adum interrupts and yells “Seth!
What the hell are you doing!?
You're supposed to be building Pharaoh a pyramid and you spend your days locked in here playing with that crazy machine?”
Seth cracks a smile and says, “I am building a pyramid, leave me alone.”
Adum scoffs, “Yeah, sure you are. You haven't laid one stone in over a year, our uncle will punish you fool"
Seth, engrossed and unfazed by his brother's accusation says, “Adum, your short-sight and thirst for wealth have clouded your vision.
You build your pyramid and I will build mine.”
As Adum walks away, he adds, Pharaoh will hang you when he discovers your treason.”
Another year passes and Adum solidifies the base of his pyramid and begins the second level. Except a problem arises. Adum struggles in his progress.
The stones are heavy and he cannot raise them to the pyramid's second level.
Challenged by his physical limitations, Adum recognizes his weakness: he needs more strength to move heavier stones, and to do so, seeks the counsel of Ehmed, Egypt's strongest man.
For a fee, Ehmed trains Adum to build bigger and stronger muscles.
With great strength, Adum anticipates the heavier stones will be easier to lift onto the higher levels.
Meanwhile, Seth's pyramid plot of land is still barren.
Adum assumes his brother has a death wish since, by all appearances, Seth is violating Pharaoh's mandate.
Another year passes and Adum's pyramid construction slows to a disheartening crawl.
It often takes one month just to place one stone.
Moving stones to the upper levels require great strength and Adum spends much of his time working with Ehmed to build greater strength.
Growth Mindset Effect
Additionally, Adum is spending most of his money on counseling fees and the exotic diet required for the training.
Adum estimates at his current construction pace, his pyramid will be completed in another 30 years...
Suddenly he hears a loud noise erupting from the town square.
Lots of people, regular observers to his work, abruptly abandon his plot to examine the celebratory fuss.
Curious himself, he takes a break and leaves to investigate...
Surrounded by a cheering crowd, Seth commands a 25-foot towering machine built from a twisted maze of gantries, wheels, levers, and ropes.
As Seth slowly moves up the village street amidst the buoyant crowd, he sets the machine in his pyramid plot.
Within minutes, Seth's strange machine starts moving heavy stones and begins to lay the foundation to his pyramid.
(this is how growth mindset can lead to success)
One after another, the machine effortlessly lifts the stones and softly places them side-by-side into place.
Miraculously, the machine requires little effort for Seth's operation.
Crank a wheel attached to a rope and cantilever entwined by a gear system, and bingo!
Heavy stones are moved quickly and magically.
While Adum's pyramid foundation took over a year to build, Seth lines up the foundation to his pyramid within one week.
The second level that Adum struggled with is even more shocking: Seth's machine does the work 30 times quicker.
What took Adum two months takes Seth's machine two days.
After 40 days, Seth and his machine accomplish as much as Adum three years of work.
The story on how growth mindset can lead to success,
is also valuable as to show how fixed mindset can lead to failure.
Adum was destroyed.
He spent years doing the heavy lifting while Seth built a machine to do it for him.
Instead of honoring the machine, Adum vows, “I must get stronger! I must lift heavier stones!” (fixed mindset)
Adum continues the hard labor of pyramid building while Seth continues to work and improve his machine.
After ten years, Seth finishes his pyramid at age 28.
Five years to build the machine (system), and five years to reap the benefits of the machine.
The great pharaoh is pleased and does as promised.
He rewards Seth with great riches.
Seth never has to work another day in his life.
Meanwhile, Adum continues to dredge away at the same old routine.
Lift rocks, waste time and money to get stronger, lift rocks, and get stronger.
Sadly, Adum refuses to acknowledge his flawed strategy (fixed mindset) and endures the same old process...
This mindless prescription leads Adum to a lifetime of toil.
He never finishes his pyramid promised to Pharaoh simply because he decides to do the heavy lifting himself when he should have focused on a system to do it for him.
Adum has a heart attack and dies while on the 12th level of his pyramid... just two levels from finishing and completing the pyramid.
He never experiences the great riches promised by Pharaoh.
Meanwhile, Seth retires 40 years early in a crown of luxury and free time, and he goes to become Egypt's greatest scholar and an accomplished inventor. (growth mindset)
He's alongside Pharaoh's tombstone in the same pyramid he built.
Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset
This story is a classic example of comparing the 2 types of mindsets, and how growth mindset can lead to success and elevate your life!
Now I'd like to hear from you:
What was your most challenging growth mindset situation?
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