What's more important: Confidence or Mindset?

What’s more important: confidence or a growth mindset?

I hear bloggers chide other bloggers who start their writing with definitions. They liken the practice to that of a 10th grade student writing a research paper. To that I say shove off. I often start with definitions because it flattens the vocabulary for my writing and for whoever is reading. So, in that vein, let’s talk definitions.

Confidence, noun: a feeling or consciousness of one's powers or of reliance on one's circumstances

Mindset, noun: a mental attitude or inclination

So, in thinking about which of these are more important, no real answer is universal. Let’s discuss the similarities before contrasting.

Mindset comes out of belief. The belief that I can learn anything I need to. The belief that just because I haven’t learned the first time I tried, I am not a failure. It’s built on the idea that, “I think I can.”

Confidence comes from a different place. Confidence comes out of past experience. My failures and my accomplishments have built the foundation of confidence, and because I understand that failure is an event, not a label, I understand that confidence is a behavior, not a trait. Confidence says I can.

But, not to be missed, I really think they are more connected than separations between mindset and confidence. I think that mindset is a catalyst for confidence. Because you think you can, you do.

Your thoughts are welcomed and encouraged,

Dane Barner


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