In my previous article, I talked about the benefits of running small experiments, and taking small bets—where you control your downside, but expose yourself to massive upsides. If you start small, get your feet wet, and test things out without becoming too invested in a decision, you can tinker along the way. This is the advantage of small bets—making progress and tweaking
Researchers have done extensive studies on the effects of one’s approach to learning on her ability to attain mastery. Dr. Carol Dweck—a leading researcher in this field who wrote the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success—makes the distinction between fixed and growth mindsets. People with fixed mindsets see their overall intelligence, talent, or skill to be a fixed entity—something
“The human being is the only animal that thinks about the future.” — Daniel Gilbert, Stumbling on Happiness Thinking about the future can be pleasurable. And most likely when you think about the future, you find yourself achieving and succeeding, rather than fumbling and falling. This is what happens when you set a goal you wish to achieve. You instantly start imagining it. You daydream
Do you ever feel like a “fraud”? Do you ever feel that you would be exposed soon? Do you feel that you simply inherited your qualities and accomplishments, and got everything easy by just being lucky —that you might not really deserve the success you enjoy right now? A friend of mine, Reshma, recently became the new tech head in a startup. She is
Last night, I was reading the memoir of a best selling author. Here’s an excerpt: “When I was growing up I had the great privilege of being home schooled. For me that meant personalised attention, learning at my own pace, more discipline, and ultimately being able to graduate a few years early.” “Once I realised that unlike other kids in the neighbourhood I
Neha is a business development manager who is trying out a new business idea. She has been told by her superiors that it’s very tricky and most likely it won’t be successful. But she feels it in her gut that her idea would work. With her good argumentation skills she happens to persuade her bosses to give her the go-ahead with this
Sarah is an amateur singer. She sings in house parties, and friendly gatherings. She sings pretty well, and actually enjoys it too. She plans to make a career out of it. She participated in a local signing competition recently, but wasn’t able win. Her friends suggested to go to a singing class and take proper voice training which she has been resisting. She
When Niki walked into her boss's office, she had the letters spread out across her desk. Niki's boss was waiting for her. “You'll never be successful if you behave like this,” her boss said. “It's only a 8 rupee stamp (~$0.10), but this inattention to detail on a larger scale is going to sink you.” Niki had put the wrong stamps on envelopes.