Good day family & TGIF!! it’s the first Friday in the month of April & just like that Q2 is on a roll already. I hope you took time to access all of your Q1 goals & targets?? Was the result great?

If Yes, then you can use that energy to hit Q2. If No, then check why you didn’t meet your target & refocus for Q2.

No matter the result of your assessment, please know that the end result is to ensure that you are moving along, that you are growing, enjoying where you are on the way to where you are going.

We’ve spent the whole of last month on this topic “Cultivating a growth mindset” & in this month we are going to continue until I’m inspired to write on something else.

So primarily we’ve established the importance of our mindsets & how it can affect our performance both positively & negatively. We’ve also highlighted the different types of mindsets i.e. Fixed, Mixed & Growth.

The picture below depicts the 2 ends of the spectrum with the mixed in between.

There is really no time to summarize all we’ve learnt but you can catch up on all of the previous posts below:

Cultivating a growth mindset – I

Cultivating a growth mindset – II

Cultivating a growth mindset – III

Cultivating a growth mindset – IV


The very first thing that came to my mind when we got to this part of the course was the 1998 movie “The Parent Trap” starring an 11-year old Lindsay Lohan. In this update of a 1961 film, twins Annie and Hallie (Lindsay Lohan) are strangers until happenstance unites them.

The preteen girls’ divorced parents, Nick (Dennis Quaid) and Elizabeth (Natasha Richardson), are living on opposite sides of the Atlantic, each with one child. After meeting at camp, American Hallie and British-raised Annie engineer an identity swap, giving both the chance to spend time with the parent they’ve missed. If the scheme works, it might just make the family whole again.

In performance psychology research, it’s been stated that relying ONLY on your talents & skills to achieve your goals gets you so far & give you a false sense of accomplishment but it’s not enough. The idea that you either have a talent or you don’t, or you only have so much talent, is part of a fixed mindset.

This kind of thinking can hinder your chances of stretching your ability to reach goals and achieve more. One of the key issues with a fixed mindset is the limits you put upon yourself in terms of what you can and can’t achieve.

Imagine you’re a sports professional and you want to push yourself to achieve more in your sport. If you believe you have a set amount of talent and skill, how likely are you to push yourself beyond that?


There is this HR mantra that I’ve heard & seen practiced over the years & that is “Hire for Attitude, Train for Skill“.

Please check out the link below to an HBR article for full context.

Hire for Attitude, Train for Skill

Given 2 options of Attitude & Skill, it’s better to hire someone with the right attitude (or mindset) & train them to gain the right skill rather than someone with the right skill & bad attitude (or mindset).

With the level of Innovation required to survive in this modern world, you cant afford to have people that give “not possible” as answers to questions raised by management & the market place at large.

I firmly believe that nothing is impossible & there is always a solution to every problem. I enjoy breaking barriers & doing the impossible but I’ve come to realize that not many people have this mindset & those that have it are often chastised by the majority who don’t.

It’s difficult to change mindsets, axioms & paradigms & it takes a personal decision & conscious effort to do it. Not surprisingly, a certain amount of natural talent can help the process of achieving goals. But perhaps surprisingly, the main ingredient for success is actually practice plus talent (P+T).

Talent alone really isn’t enough if you want to achieve significant goals. Relying on existing skills and abilities to achieve results won’t motivate you to learn more, develop your talents and skills, and reach your potential. This is why using talent alone is a trap. You’re tricked into thinking you have all you need to progress.

But you’re missing the hugely important factors of practice, persistence, and focus. Creating a growth mindset doesn’t eliminate the talent factor.

It just helps you to understand that to continually achieve more and reach your potential, you need to focus on learning and continuous improvement.

Do you know anyone who is talented but is not achieving greatness due to their bad attitude?

In my next post, I will be comparing 2 football (soccer) stars to drive home this point.

Are you just relying on your skills & talents to get by?

What mindset do you have?

This is my snippet …….. I AM SHALOMESQ


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