Hi and welcome back. In today’s episode we’re going to talk about how a simple three letter word has the power to change your mindset, your business, your life -YET.
If you listened to my last episode about pivot and grit, then you would have also learned about Grit. We’re going to tale this thinking a step forward today and talk about growth mindset, the importance of failure, YET and also how these can help combating imposter syndrome.
Let’s start with failure. We’ve probably all got a fear of failure, fear of being embarrassed or shown up – I know that I did. The thing that we have to realise is that failure is learning.
When we’re building a business or innovating, failure is not only going to happen, in fact it’s necessary! The key here though is that we want to be building our capabilities to detect and analyse failure while promoting experimentation.
Something that underpins this approach is what’s called a growth mindset. People often have either a fixed mindset, in that they view themselves and there place in the world as fixed – such as their skills and place are unable to be developed or change. Then there are those that have a growth mindset and believe that you can develop new interests, skills, behaviours.
This is where curiosity and our subject in the last episode Grit come into play. Being curious and trying new things with intentional practice you can grow and change over time.
So, I ask you – what type of mindset do you have? A fixed or growth mindset?
Now let’s talk about Imposter Syndrome. I’ve certainly suffered from imposter syndrome at times (and occasionally still do). I’ve sometimes thought that I’m not competent enough, or skilled enough to be doing some of the things I have done. And, at the same time viewed others as more competent.
Then when you combine, curiosity, Grit, experimentation and failure you become less judgemental of myself, more open to new challenges and that is where life’s surprises and growth happens.
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