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"Failing" is just another word for GROWING

January 4, 2018


At BTY we are firm believers in fostering a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset. A Fixed Mindset is a belief that you either have a talent or you don't have a talent and there's nothing you can do to change it. A Growth Mindset is a belief that you can improve and cultivate your skills through hard work and persistence, even if you don't initially appear "talented". Natural talent is great, but it's certainly not the end of the story. If you are someone that things initially come easily to, don't rest on that boast! Push yourself until you find something that you don't excel at immediately. That is the place you need to focus your energy in order to transform yourself from good to great. It's not always fun to do things that feel challenging and frustrating. It's far more fun to do the things you're already good at that reinforce your belief that you're awesome. Unfortunately, life doesn't care what you "believe" about yourself. You're either prepared for the unexpected challenges of life or you're not. And the only way to prepare is to practice things that are hard for you. 

 

Likewise, if something doesn't come easily to you immediately, don't label yourself as "unskilled" or "a failure". Instead see it as an opportunity to learn. Why aren't your efforts achieving the results you want? What can you change? What do people who are currently more skilled than you do that you don't? THIS is a growth mindset and through persistence and hard work you can match and surpass your "naturally talented" counterparts. 

 

Michael Jordan is one of the best examples of a growth mindset. He didn't even make his high school basketball team as a freshman. Had he view this situation with a fixed mindset, he would have quit basketball and focused his energy on something that came more easily to him. This would be a loss for him and all of the rest of us. Luckily, he used this setback as motivation to work harder and improve on the skills he was lacking, a mindset that ultimately led him to become

 

one of the best basketball players of all time. Michael Jordan wasn't great because he had the "basketball gene". Michael Jordan was great because he never let setbacks define him or defeat him. He committed his entire career to learning from his mistakes and bettering himself. 

 

At Better Than Yesterday, we want to encourage you to challenge yourself in order to bring out your untapped potential. It's the message behind our name. We are committed to making ourselves and everyone we work with a little Better Than Yesterday. The most valuable lessons in life and sport are learned through adversity, not ease. When you encounter a challenge that you initially seem "bad" at, lean into that instead of feeling discouraged and giving up. This commitment to lifelong growth and learning will take you much further than settling for what you're already good at.

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