Mindset Matters


According to psychologists, there are two types of mindsets … the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.

People with the fixed mindset believe that the level they are at in their musical development is exactly where they are going stay. Such people hold themselves back from learning new things and actually stop trying. They believe their skills and abilities are unchangeable, unable to be improved upon, and there’s no need to try.

On the other hand, people with a growth mindset think they can develop skills and abilities through hard work. They believe they can accomplish what they want musically through learning, practice, and persistence. People with the growth mindset learn from their mistakes, setbacks, and feedback. They always look for a way to meet new challenges. They continue to set new goals and work toward achieving them.

I believe if you’re reading this newsletter, you’re like me. You have a growth mindset.

  • When you come up to a road block, you just put on your thinking cap and find a way around it.
  • You are more likely to turn failure into fuel than to just give up.
  • The ongoing changes in technology have not defeated you. Instead you see them as opportunities and enjoy the ride.
  • You don’t let the never-ending chain of “bad news” in the world get you down. You find your own path of joy and creativity.
  • You tend to not only learn from your own mistakes, but you also watch and learn from the mistakes of others.

I’m SO glad to be a part of a network of positive thinking, growth mindset folks like yourselves. We make a GREAT team of dulcimerists.

Happy dulcimering,



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