At four years old, someone praised you for reading.
At six, they consoled your struggles with math by telling you, “maybe you’re just not good at math, but you’re good at something else.”
At twelve, you learned that failure hurts when someone criticized you for trying something you’d never done.
And today, you carry the baggage of those words.
We all do.
In fact, we all carry a whole set of preconceptions about what kind of person we are and what we can or can’t, should or shouldn’t, will or won’t do about it.
*Enter Carol Dweck.*
In her book, Mindset, she reveals that these long-held preconceptions aren’t just damaging, they’re debilitating. Her research examines the “static mindset” — the mindset that we can’t change… we simply are what we are — and the disastrous repercussions of thinking so small.
Rather than dream small, disarm the static mindset and embrace the dynamic mindset: a mindset which believes we can change, we can learn, and we can grow. We are not bound by fate. Instead, we can become who we desire to become.
Despite popular opinion that heroes are born, no one has risen to entrepreneurial greatness without a mindset willing to let go of low expectations.
“We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.”
As Dweck aptly reminds us,
“Genus is not enough; we need to get the job done.”
And getting the job done is something you’re more than capable of.
So long as you believe it.