I've been thinking about growth mindset a lot lately. Growth mindset is the belief that I can learn and grow and get better. Even better than my very best.
Think about that for a minute. Pretty powerful, right?!
I was born lucky. Both of my parents operated from a growth mindset most of the time. I didn't know that's what it was at the time, but both of them had a sense of optimism about life, a hunger for knowledge and a belief that (almost) anything was possible if you were willing to dive in, figure it out and do the work.
That simple, yet profound, way of being has served me well throughout my life. It's the reason that when I was in the 7th grade I raised my hand when my music teacher asked who could play the piano. Now, I hadn't taken a piano lesson or really played piano since the 2nd grade, but he needed someone to accompany the choir and I was pretty sure I could do it. My parents looked at me like I was crazy when I came home to tell them, but neither of them said I couldn't or shouldn't try. I learned the song, practiced and practiced and accompanied the choir that year. It would be great if my story ended with falling in love with playing and becoming a brilliant pianist... that wasn't the case for me. I can still read sheet music and play if I really work at it, but now I leave the accompanying to the pros!
Growth mindset is also the reason I said yes at 19 when I was asked to become a Sales Leader after just 8 months of working at Victoria's Secret, often "leading" people with much more experience than me. And it's the reason I've said yes time and time again when people have said, "Would you be willing to..." or "I think this could be a good opportunity for you." Often, I didn't know just what I would need to do or how to be successful, but I knew I would be willing to dive in, figure it out and do the work.
And growth mindset is why I made the leap 5 years ago to start my own business, Kane Learning ... something I'm continuing to learn and grow and get better at every day.
Just like everyone else in the world, I don't operate from a growth mindset all the time. Sometimes my mindset can be pretty "fixed" or stuck in that mode of thinking things like, "I can't do that" or "I'm not good at..." One of the simple things I do to pull myself out of that mode is add the word "yet" at the end of those statements - "I'm not good at that yet." That simple word adds possibility and allows me to decide if I want to learn and grow and get better at doing something. That's a place of power. I get to choose. There are definitely things I decide to leverage partners for. I don't know about you, but I have no desire to be "good" at everything. I would much rather lean on the brilliance of others!
I would love to hear from you:
- How has a growth mindset served you well?
- What do you do to operate from a growth mindset?