Pursuing Growth

Emily Forman one year ago 1 min read

When I first read Mindset by Carol Dweck a few years ago, I felt like I was seeing through the Matrix in a whole new way. The concept of a fixed mindset vs. a growth mindset was not one I'd considered before, but I'm pretty sure that not a day has gone by since then when I haven't given it a thought.

As a society, we place a high value on natural, effortless accomplishment. But mindset research says that, "a person’s true potential is unknown (and unknowable); that it’s impossible to foresee what can be accomplished with years of passion, toil, and training." (For a more in-depth understanding of this research, watch this TED Talk.)

"You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By applying yourself to the task of becoming a little better each and every day over a period of time, you will become a lot better."

Coach John Wooden

What this means to me and to my role at Triumph, is that the only path to success is through hard work and learning. "Personal success is when you work your hardest to become your best." It means getting comfortable with the word "yet," as in I'm not sure how to do that...yet. It means becoming is better than being.

The questions at the end of the book continue to challenge me.

  1. What are the opportunities for learning and growth today? For myself? For the people around me?
  2. When, where and how will I embark on my plan?
  3. When, where and how will I act on my new plan?
  4. What do I have to do to maintain and continue the growth?
Written By Partner at Triumph

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