I've heard this quote before, but it took on a different meaning this morning.
I have about an hour commute to the facility each day, and while I sometimes fill the drive singing Cher songs at the top of my lungs, I also listen to books on Audible. This week I’m working my way through the book “Mindset” by Carol Dweck where she explores the idea of a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset.
From the book:
“In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them.
"In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work - brains and talent are just the starting point.”
My favorite story from the book is that of George Danzig, a student from California Berkeley who, according to the book, went in for a class one day and copied down the math problems he thought were homework. It took him a few days to solve them, and when he finally did, he was surprised to learn that these were problems that no one had been able to solve.
I love this story.
Danzig was working under the assumption that those math problems were homework. He was working under the assumption that all of his classmates were working to solve them at the same time and so he likely never doubted that he would figure them out.
What would you do if you never doubted yourself?
How much would you lift?
How far would you run?
Would you draw? Would you write a book? Climb a mountain?
What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?