A wildly important goal for me as it relates to technology integration in my job role as Innovative Learning Specialist, is to embed a love of challenge and a new view on technology for each of my teachers. I spend my days researching new innovative edtech tools for my teachers, introduce those new ideas, and then help them integrate them into the classroom. Buy in is a HUGE part of that. If the teachers don't buy in to what I am selling them, I haven't done my job.
With that being said, I feel like when it comes to my job and the way I view my job I have a growth mindset. My job and what I do is a challenge, one that I embrace and I thrive on (Dweck, 2006). When my teachers do overcome their fear, try new things and are successful, I celebrate with them. When they aren't successful, I am there to help them get back up and try again. I love how it takes a lot of effort and hard work, that it never gets easier and the challenge doesn't just go away. When that one teacher that was against technology at first becomes the one I can bring anything to and they will be excited and willing to try it, there is a new teacher who presents me with a new challenge. I don't avoid the challenge because I may fail, if I fail, I get back up and keep trying.
In my personal life, how I view my home or how I am raising my own children, I feel I have more of a fixed mindset. When I look at those "pinterest moms" and their perfectly packed lunches and perfectly planned birthday parties I don't celebrate their success, I feel threatened and like I'm not doing a good enough job. When I gather up the courage to try to make that gorgeous mickey mouse cake, and I fail, I don't try again. I give up and order it online. In my personal life, I do avoid failure at all possible times.
Dweck, Carol. (2006). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York, NY: Ballantine Books.