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๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฎ ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐˜๐—ต ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜

Updated: Apr 30



You cannot choose situations, but you can decide your mindset once they occur.


People with a Growth Mindset believe they can constantly improve. This approach requires dedication and diligence regarding your attitudes, behaviors, and outcomes over time.


A benefit of this approach is learning how to build resilience and how to improve decisions during your success, opportunities, and challenges.


โ€œ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’ˆ๐’“๐’๐’˜๐’•๐’‰ ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’”๐’†๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’๐’๐’˜๐’” ๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’‘๐’๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’“๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’…๐’–๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’”๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’๐’”๐’• ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’๐’†๐’๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’”.โ€

โ€“ Carol Dweck



This approach also encourages experimentation, since the there is a potential reward for trying with no lasting downside.



๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—™๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐˜๐—ต ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜


First and foremost, you must believe in a growth mindset and its value. Perseverance is critical for success in wanting to gain knowledge more than fearing to face disappointment. Consider these tips to best engage this approach:

  • Strive to regularly learn and be challenged (e.g. take courses where you may not be the best, maybe even struggle to keep up)

  • Attempt new things and embrace change (e.g. visit new places, view unfamiliar media, and meet diverse people)

  • Remain positive and view challenges and deficiencies as eventual opportunities

  • Stay assured in your ability to grow, even when you cannot find the right answer

  • Practice gratitude and acknowledge wins (e.g. โ€œToday, I faced my fear in order to try something scaryโ€)

  • Recognize the approach is both external and internal - your desire to improve the business parallels the process of bettering yourself.


You may need to monitor yourself over many days until this approach becomes more natural. Any progress takes time and effort.


To help, encourage active effort and persistence over inherent traits (like intelligence) since they remain fixed while resolve can grow.



๐——๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€


A growth mindset often leads to positive, long-term change, but sometimes can be counterproductive.


You may interact with people who seem unwilling to risk failure and be tempted to fight their perspective. However, you may discover that they already faced tribulations you should avoid.


The flexibility of a growth mindset also may leave you indecisive since thereโ€™s always the opportunity to trying something new.


To offset the potential for inaction:

  • Revisit the companyโ€™s vision and values which inspire any decisions

  • Determine the ideal outcome and how you will measure success

  • Realize that a decision is necessary to avoid the strategy paradox - never knowing everything and thus hesitating to act. A perfect solution left untried is useless.


As your startup evolves, so too will the challenges. Hiring people with a growth mindset will mean they evolve with the business.


Require some skills but be open to motivation and problem-solving attitudes. Many skills can be learned or professionally outsourced.**


A growth mindset allows you and the team to focus on developing the business and to persevere during various challenges.


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* For the post on Solutions Approach, go here: https://bit.ly/3AuPRko

** For the post on Fractional Leadership, go here: https://bit.ly/36mriJn


Photo by Vladislav Babienko who can be found here: https://bit.ly/3rh3oIZ

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