Discussing Successful Women Think Differently by Valorie Burton

Major Points from this Episode:

  • Pressure is put upon us when success means that you are gifted.  This causes us to stay in our comfort zone rather than risking failure.
  • Two mindsets exist – a growth mindset or a fixed mindset.
  • To develop a growth mindset we should praise the effort made toward a task, not the outcome.
  • The effort you put forth does not diminish your talent.
  • People with a fixed mindset are terrified of failure – it defines who they are. But, you have a choice and you can change.
  • Anyone from any background can achieve success, your genes are irrelevant because possibilities are endless.
  • A growth mindset thrives on the effort you make toward achieving your goals.  You will identify both your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Become keenly aware of your mindset.  You can read the book Mindset by Carol Dweck for a detailed look into both mindsets.
  • A positive outlook can be cultivated.  Be optimistic about all your experiences, as nothing very good or very bad lasts for very long.
  • Excuses are lies.  Limit the amount of excuses you give for the areas in your life in which you struggle.
  • Hope is the foundation to overcoming any obstacle you face.

Actionable Strategies:  

  • Think about 3 failures that you’ve been through.  Determine how you can reframe those failures.  What did you learn from those experiences?  How have you changed?  Did the failure you propel you forward?

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