A note from Jackie: I was delighted to host Cindy Cooper as my guest on last week’s BSR Broadcast. Cindy is the Co-founder and Director of Portland State University’s Impact Entrepreneurs program, and has so much wisdom to share about entrepreneurship for social change. I love this piece about the growth mindset (originally posted here)…read on for a jolt of inspiration:
Sometimes I get stuck on a problem. I am not sure how to proceed, and I get scared I will choose the wrong path. Sometimes, I let that uncertainty stop me, and that can feel like this: Phew.
I feel relief that I’ve saved myself the embarrassment and pain of making a mistake. I can simply focus on what I know and feel good about my past successes, rather than attempt something that makes me feel naïve or dumb.
But other times, I keep trying, turning over rocks, and puzzling through it. My proudest accomplishments have been those that did not come easily. Reading “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Dr. Carol Dweck, I understand why venturing into discomfort can build confidence whereas reveling in the easy zone diminishes self-esteem.