Have you got a growth mindset and motivation button that is helping you get out of your own way? Albert Einstein was not a straight ‘A’ grade student in school. The myth is that to be a great thinker, a world-class performer, successful business person, scientific genius or top producer and contributor to society you must excel in school.
Now according to Bestchild research:
…after a few years of research “A” students are no more successful than “C” students once they’re in the real world. Great achievers come from various backgrounds: science, activists, politics, law, medicine, entertainment, the arts, and athletics. But being a great student or showing a gift towards academics isn’t a prerequisite for high-achievement, success and especially – being happy.
Even more interesting is to see how the trouble-makers and rebels of the classroom really shine when they learn to pursue their fascinations, focus their energy and intentions in non-academic settings. It seems that Rebels and Genius are tied together simply due to their non-conventional thinking.
Now here Albert Einstein was reputed to hold his teachers in contempt and regularly played tricks and shenanigans in class. Finally as a result of his disruptive antics and stunts he was expelled from school.
So what was it about Einstein and his temperament that made him excel so dramatically in later life? It has been called a growth mindset and traits of the same characteristics are also visible in Richard Branson and many others.
Growth mindset and motivation and being a C grade student
A passionate child development researcher from Bestchild had this to say when he got involved with a local college.
One of the most illuminating conversations I’ve ever had was with a college president and the college’s endowment chairperson. We were talking about how to target fund-raising and refine our message so that the alumni would feel more connected and have a better sense of the difference their financial contributions would make to future generations.
It got very interesting when the president said, “The ‘C’ students are the owners of companies, that includes students who didn’t ever graduate. The ‘B’ students are generally working for the ‘C’ students or they’re lawyers. And most of the ‘A’ students are professors, are in academia and some are doctors. We want to target the ‘C’ student they have the most to contribute.”
Now that is a very markable acknowledgement. The one’s that did less well at school were one’s that founded companies to meet a need, and the one’s that did better at school worked for them in key roles. But how true is this observation? What was it based upon?
I asked how they knew this and they told me they’d “studied the alumni for years” and the incomes remained consistent. Wow! But that got me to thinking about a good deal of the great achievers in history. Scientists, musicians, true political leaders and business tycoons didn’t finish college, some didn’t finish high school. Historically the founders of Fortune 500 Companies (certainly not all) didn’t finish college; most did very poorly in school. Many, many of them started pursuing their passions at some point, and in true ADD fashion, just didn’t give school another thought.
Nearly all Fortune 500s are run by CEOs that have an academic pedigree a mile long, but those aren’t the founders, they didn’t start the company. Certificates and degrees make stockholders comfortable but they don’t mean a thing when you’re creating something, working passionately toward your own interests.
So is this the nature that can be seen in Einstein too. Not so good at school but passionate about physics and the workings of the universe. Is this growth mindset one of attitude more than anything else?
Over a century ago, legendary psychologist and philosopher William James said, “the greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.”
Are these the marks of the likes of Einstein, Branson, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney and Winston Churchill to just name a few with the same characteristics?
It can be like watching a game at play, so when it comes to sport we may come to see this growth mindset more clearly.
According to Southwick a sports and American football examiner:
…when it comes to maximizing our potential in sports, there is a central attitude that stands out above all others. World-renowned Stanford University Psychologist, Carol Dweck, calls this attitude the “growth mindset.” Individuals who embody a growth mindset are those who believe that ability is developed, not inherited.
Is this the Einstein approach of tirelessly developing, moving forward and forever growing?
Growth mindset types believe that “practice makes perfect.” They believe in their potential to develop as they put forth effort and stretch themselves.
So what is the opposite of this?
Despite the common sense appeal of this way of thinking, most of society has a “fixed mindset.” This mindset believes the phrase “you’ve either got it, or you don’t.”
Do you find yourself using this as an excuse for giving up on a thing or two. I know I recognise this in more ways than one.
We all know people who think this way. Many of us have had coaches, or teachers, who have told us that no matter what we do, we will never be able to reach the same levels of achievement as those who were born with all the right tools. One glaring problem with the fixed mindset is that it is scientifically unfounded. Modern research has proven that traits and abilities are moldable throughout life.
Now to acknowledge that all things are moldable through out life bring a whole new perspective on the situation, just the same as Einstein’s late in life successes and achievements.
Traits that used to be thought of as permanent, such as IQ, emotional dispositions, and capacity to develop skill, are now shown to be capable of modification.
So individuals that take on a fixed mindset are not able to tap into a human beings’ capacity for change. How many times have you heard the phrase: “Oh, I’m too old to try anything else.”
Is this fixed mindset thinking? Is this when we lock ourselves, firstly mentally, into a small limited box? What if we adopted the approach that anything can be developed, anything can be moldable.
Studies by Dweck and others have shown that individuals with a fixed mindset are less ambitious and hard working, less resilient to failure, less confident, and less successful in general than their growth mindset counterparts.
Whatever your vision, dreams or aspirations may be, you have the capacity to become the type of person who can accomplish your goals, accomplish whatever you want to. Does it take effort?
Yes, it will take untold hours of toil under proper instruction, but you can do it! The first step is to adopt a growth mindset by understanding that wherever you may be at this moment, you have the capacity to develop yourself into a winner.
To be moldable the choice is yours. Get the attitude right, stop listening and repeating those victim stories of defeat in your own head. Even stop listening to the victim stories others put upon you. You can have the growth mindset and motivation if you choose to.
You can have the freedom to be the growth minded Einstein of the 21st century in whatever way you choose. The only limitation is between your ears.
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When people speak of having millionaire mindset with a little bit of delving property seems to be involved along the way.
What about if you are a real estate agent, can you still be a millionaire if you have the right mindset? According to Richard Fournier the answer is a resounding ‘YES’. So how do you get the Millionaire Mindset for real estate?
The Millionaire Mindset for Real Estate Agents
“The Millionaire Mindset for Real Estate Agents: Master the Real Estate Business & Explode Sales” by Richard Fournier sets out to help frustrated and demoralized real estate agents discover their potential and follow their passion to excel in the always dynamic and changing real estate business.
So Fournier has written a ground breaking book at a time when real estate agents desperately need all the help they can get.
In “The Millionaire Mindset for Real Estate Agents,” Fournier details the rut real estate agents can get into and tackles some myths about the industry that serve only to put limits on success. He explores how desire can fuel success, once those mundane mental barriers are toppled. Once real estate agents develop the Millionaire Mindset, life without limits beckons. What is so different about the way super achievers think? How do they do it? And can you join their ranks and become a mega success in real estate too? Not without shaking off some old habits and learning some new mental tricks!
So do you think getting to the heart of the way super achievers think will leave a track of what needs adjusting?
Make a Plan to Make a Million
No one really blunders into becoming a top real estate agent. As the saying goes, a failure to plan is a plan to fail. Fournier shows how to craft your unique blueprint for success, but he’s not talking only about financial success. In “The Millionaire Mindset for Real Estate Agents,” Fournier takes a more holistic look at developing a solid blueprint for spiritual health as well as monetary success.
As Fournier rightly says, “This book is not just about making money. It’s about changing the way you think, the way you plan and set goals. It shows readers how to aim higher to go beyond average to become a real success in real estate and in life.”
Fournier shows and shares that it’s far more than just about money, there are elements and foundations for living an amazing life in all areas other than just financial.
As a real estate agent, as in most professions, most people simply plot along but really want more. If you want more enough to change, Fournier can show you how to make the changes to your mindset and develop the strategies of super achievers to live without limits and enjoy that shining success of your dreams in real life.
Although this book is entitled for real estate agents, this book is a masterful insight for any profession, and any life.
Richard D. Fournier is a top-producing real estate agent, Founder of Richard Fournier International, and co-founder of the Fournier Hughes Real Estate Team and Back Pocket Agent Inc., as well as a devoted family man and mentor to many professionals with a passion for success.
So if you want to explore, understand and learn how to apply the millionaire mindset for real estate agents Fournier’s book is a good place to start. You can check out more details online here.
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The power of the subconscious mind on a Colorado Dark Knight (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)Mindset training is a precious gift that can be used for good or even misdirected towards destructive ends when disturbing influences have infiltrated the subconscious mind. The recent shooting at the Colorado Dark Knight film showing highlights the power of the subconscious mind when not kept in check.
But can we learn from such disturbing events? Can understanding the power of the subconscious mind here us recognise if a healthier reprogramming is needed?
The power of the subconscious mind on a Colorado Dark Knight
The NZHerald had this interpretation of events:
The shooting suspect who went on a deadly rampage inside a Colorado cinema planned the attack with “calculation and deliberation,” police said, receiving deliveries for months which authorities believe armed him for battle.
So it appears that this killers mind had been reflecting and contemplating this event for some time well in advance and not only that he had consistently took action along the way.
Authorities on Saturday removed dangerous explosive materials from inside James Holmes’ Denver apartment a day after police said he opened fire and set off gas canisters in a cinema minutes into the premiere of the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises. The attack left 12 people dead and 58 injured.
His apartment was rigged with jars of liquids, explosives and chemicals that were booby trapped to kill “whoever entered it,” Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said, noting it would have likely been one of his officers.
So it is quite scary how a mind can conceive of such an elaborate event and the extent to which a person guided by the impressions in their mind can go.
Holmes had recently withdrawn from a competitive graduate programme in neuroscience at the University of Colorado-Denver, where he was one of six students at the school to get National Institutes of Health grant money. He recently took an intense three-part, oral exam that marks the end of the freshman year of the four-year program there.
In a resume posted on Monster.com, Holmes listed himself as an “aspiring scientist” and said he was looking for a job as a laboratory technician.
The resume, first obtained by The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, paints a picture of a brilliant young man brimming with potential: He worked as a summer intern at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla in 2006 and mapped the neurons of Zebra finches and studied the flight muscles of hummingbirds while an undergraduate at the University of California, Riverside. He also worked as a summer camp counsellor to underprivileged children at a Jewish camp in Los Angeles in 2008.
Security increases following the deadly rampage by a gunman inside a Colorado screening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ early this morning.So the profile of this man is not what you would initially describe as that of a killer. It describes a developing and achieving intelligence rather than someone that has failed to accomplish anything notable in their life so far. And the description of ‘brimming with potential’ highlights that inner power that was being gradually uncovered.
So do you find it surprising that such a person created this elaborate killing spree? If a man can accomplish academic achievements, apply his mind to make notable strides forward, even for the good of others – what would trigger a misdirection to such a destructive outcome?
…neighbours and former classmates in California said although Holmes was whip-smart, he was a loner who said little and was easily forgotten until this week.
So what does this describe? Does this describe someone that lacked a level of social skills? Does this describe someone hindered by a certain level of sel-image issues that got in the way of connecting with others?
It was reported that when arrested he said, “I’m the Joker.”
The impressions that we ‘hold’ in our minds will and do direct our actions over time. In a number of the preceding Batman movies the Joker in the movie did perform similar acts of attack that Holmes himself performed.
What do you feed your subconscious mind?How many times Holmes reflected and contemplated these images is unknown. But a method of consciously programming and reprogramming the subconscious mind involves the use of images and visualisations. So if Holmes was a loner, and by definition found connecting with other people on a more substantial level difficult – he may have had a low self image program running.
Now with low self esteem it is not unusual to wish you were like someone you admire who displays the confidence you desire.
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Now Holmes may have found a level of affinity with the Jokers fictional background. The Joker in the Batman stories of the 1940’s and 1950’s took the path of being a mass murderer that left behind smiling corpses in his wake because he considered himself a victim of an unsuccessful try at being a comedian on the stage.
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Holmes would naturally of wanted to reflect and contemplate on himself as being ‘more significant’, and the food that he kept feeding his subconscious mind was far more toxic than helpful. If a slight shift had been made in Holmes mental and physical reality much earlier there may of never been a shooting on a Colorado Dark Knight movie showing.
The power of the subconscious mind
The power of the subconscious mind can change any life dramatically and substantially. It works very much like the tending to a farmers field. It gets ploughed and planted with seeds. When you tend to the field, and nourish those seeds planted nothing is seen for a while, so it could be easy to give up. But with a level of perseverance, the roots establish themselves and grow unseen underground for quite sometime. Then, as if all of a sudden, the first sprouts breakthrough and become known.
If you continue to nourish and tend to the newly growing plants a substantial harvest will develop and become unshakeable.
It’s a shame for everyone involved that Holmes chose such a toxic and destructive set of seeds to sow and tend to. It’s a shame that he did not have the responsiveness and awareness to understand and take note and action that a much more healthy level seeding and subconscious reprogramming was desperately needed.
And even more so that the others around him could of, if consciously aware, offered him other mental food, options and opportunities.
For me I see and recognise the importance of subconscious reprogramming, the seeding process and the conscious awareness of connecting with a loner from time to time. You never know you might do more good than you could ever imagine.
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