I am finally getting back to reading Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck.  To review, according to Dr. Dweck there are two mindsets the differentiate successful people from others, fixed and growth.

At the end of the second chapter she uses the movie Groundhog Day to illustrate these two mindsets.  At the beginning of the movie Bill Murray’s character, Phil Connors, considers “himself to be a superior being.”  At the groundhog ceremony he shows “contempt for the ceremony, the town, and the people.”

In the movie he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.  When he realizes his predicament he uses the knowledge he gains through repeating the same day “to further his typical agenda, making fools out of other people.  Since he is the only one reliving the day, he can talk to a woman on one day, and then use the information to deceive, impress, and seduce her on the next.  He is in fixed-mindset heaven.  He can prove his superiority over and over.”

After repeating this cycle countless times, he realizes “he could be using this time to learn.”  In fact he has been learning all along but just using the knowledge selfishly.  The real change that happens is the realization that he can be using his time to improve himself.

Once Phil realizes this “he goes for piano lessons.  He reads voraciously.  He learns ice sculpting.  He finds out about people who need help that day (a boy who falls from a tree, a man who chokes on his steak) and starts to help them, and care about them.  Pretty soon the day is not long enough!  Only when this change of mindset is complete is he released from the spell.”

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