Your Mindset is Everything
We all like to believe we’re smarter than we really are. Don’t feel bad, it’s a scientific fact. This bias even has it’s own name: “the overconfidence effect.”
The bias can make us believe we’re born with limitations to our talents. It makes us super confident with the skills we’ve nailed down, but makes us believe that we are somehow bad at learning new ones.
This pesky bias is something that can stop you from growing as an entrepreneur.
Before you can learn new skills, you need to adopt a new mindset that allows you to do so. You need to take on a growth-focused mentality, one that sees learning new skills as a growth process, and not one of failure.
According to Carol Dweck, author of the bestselling book Mindset, a “growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts.”
In other words, Dweck asks you to believe in your ability to grow and learn. You’re not born with innate talents; rather, you’re born with the ability to learn, nothing more.
To learn, however, you must be willing to fail. It’s probably the least appealing part of the learning process, but all those scraped knees are actually the key step component in becoming a master of skills.
The growth mindset is a way to override the negative connotations associated with failure and become aware of the importance of making mistakes in the learning process. The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.
Remember, nobody is born as a skilled programmer, salesperson, or sportsmen. Every successful skilled person had to learn how to do what they now do so well. It’s just that you can’t see their entire journey, you only see their current success.
Feeling stupid is no fun. But being willing to be stupid and risk the emotional pain of making mistakes – that is absolutely essential. Because reaching, failing, and reaching again is the way your brain grows and forms new connections. When it comes to developing talent, remember, mistakes are just the guideposts you use to get better.
By adopting the growth mindset and be willing to make mistakes, you’ll become an unstoppable learning machine.