Fixed vs. Growth Mindset

By Tyler Tompson-


Anna Dugger, our Office Manager here at the Texas Baseball Ranch™, and myself were sitting in the office discussing what the topic for this week’s blog post should be since I was unsure of what I should write about. Within a few minutes she said, “You should write about having a growth mindset vs. having a fixed mindset”. After reading and listening to some information online with her, we both thought that this would be a great topic to talk about. (Props to you, Anna!)


So… what exactly is a ‘fixed mindset’ and a ‘growth mindset’? What can they tell us about ourselves? Carol Dweck, a psychologist and professor at Stanford, describes it perfectly and gives a TED Talk about the two. I highly encourage you to take the time to watch it! You can find it by clicking here.


A fixed mindset, as described by Professor Dweck, assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we cannot change in a meaningful way. Success then, is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence. This in turn, pushes those to strive for success and avoid failure at all cost. Someone with a fixed mindset will show tendencies to avoid challenges, give up easily, ignore useful negative feedback, gets defensive, and feels threatened by the success of others.


A growth mindset, however, leads to a desire to learn. Individuals with this mindset thrive on challenges and see their failures not necessarily as areas of unintelligence, but rather a leap forward for growth. They learn from criticism, find lessons and are inspired from the successes of others, and embrace the difficult challenges in front of them.


One of the biggest questions Anna and I get asked a lot when answering phone calls or emails about attending one of our Elite Pitchers Boot Camps is, “Do you see improvements in velocity at the end of the camp?” Now, while we do have a lot of velocity records broken, someone with a fixed mindset will view no record as a failure. They will ignore the “process” and training and will continue to view success as an achieved goal.


If you take that same question and person and switch their mindset to a growth mindset, what was once viewed as failure is now viewed as an opportunity to embrace challenges, put forth more effort, and accept negative feedback.


Moving forward, I want you to challenge yourself to build and create a consistent growth mindset. Instead of avoiding challenges, ignoring criticism, and putting forth less effort, embrace those challenges, learn from the criticism of others, and put forth more effort. You won’t regret it!


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At the Texas Baseball Ranch® we indeed believe in a growth mindset and work to help our athletes understand and embrace this type of thinking with their training and development.  

There are two final opportunities before the start of the upcoming season to work with the TBR staff and get a jump start on 2020.  


We have one final Elite Pitchers Boot Camp with space remaining prior to the start of the upcoming season.  It will take place over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend.   Limited spots still available.  For more information go to:


Alumni Camp: Pitchers that have participate in a previous Baseball Ranch event are eligible to attend our Alumni/Advanced Bootcamp.  We have one scheduled before the start of the 2020 season, January 11 & 12, 2020.  More information is available at



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