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One simple way to 10x your growth

How to 10x your growth
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One simple trick to 10x your growth

Do you ever wonder how the super-elite are able to accomplish exponential success?

It’s actually quite simple…they have the right MINDSET

“Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better? Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.”
― Carol S. Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology Of Success

Some were born into money, some came from nothing, but what many of the entrepreneurs who are changing the world have in common is a “Growth Mindset.”

They were able to embrace failures, learn from them and grow. They didn’t let the fear of failure hold them back, but rather they embraced the learning experiences around them.

Here are 16 wildly successful people who overcame huge obstacles courtesy of Huffington Post (click here for the stories).

  • Bill Gates’ first business failed.
  • Albert Einstein didn’t speak until he was four years old.
  • Jim Carrey used to be homeless.
  • Bethany Hamilton had her arm bitten off by a shark.
  • Benjamin Franklin dropped out of school at age ten.
  • Richard Branson has dyslexia.
  • Stephen King’s first novel was rejected 30 times.
  • Oprah Winfrey gave birth at age 14 and lost her child.
  • Thomas Edison failed 1,000 times before creating the light bulb.
  • Kris Carr turned her cancer into a business of hope and healing.
  • Jay-Z couldn’t get signed to any record labels.
  • Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime.
  • Franklin Roosevelt became partially paralyzed at 39.
  • Simon Cowell had a failed record company.
  • Charlize Theron witnessed her mother kill her father.
  • Steven Spielberg was rejected from USC, twice.

All of these people have accomplished exponential results after what should have been career-ending setbacks.

How can you foster a growth mindset to accomplish 10x growth?

It takes time, patience and a lot of practice to develop a growth mindset, but here are a few ways to get started.

1. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable

The only way you can grow is to start doing things outside of your comfort zone. Starting today (literally when you read this) write down the most recent thing you passed on. It may be because it scared you, you were afraid what someone might think, or you keep putting off. The important thing for right now is to understand what the feelings are that are preventing you from being successful. Once you have a better understanding of what’s holding you back, the sooner we can break through them and begin to build an exponential future.

2. Never stop learning 

When I was originally writing these tips, I had this as fail fast, and fail often, however with the amount of tools we have available to us, so many of the failures that plague early entrepreneurs can be avoided with some research. Seek out the most successful people in your industry and read their autobiographies, they are likely going to share some of the biggest challenges they struggled with. There is no sense in replicating their failures, learn from them and get a basic foundation before you begin so you can avoid some of the major pitfalls.

Once you have that basic understanding, be fearless of failure. Nothing will prepare for success like failure. How you rebound and learn from that failure, is the difference between a “growth mindset” and a “fixed mindset”. Like Carol Dweck noted, “The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset.”

3. Surround yourself with great people

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If you want to improve you need to surround yourself with people who you can learn from. Most people are familiar with Jim Rohn’s quote, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” The challenge most people have with this is learning how to connect with right people and build a relationship with them.

There are thousands of books, articles and YouTube videos on growing your network and connecting with influencers. What I have found worked the best is being sincere and honest when you reach out to influencers. One of the best ways to learn from them is to do an interview.

One of the best resources I have used to connect with some of the most influential entrepreneurs in the world I learned from John Corcoran. He has some great free tools to help you connect with people, click here, including some great email templates.

What to do next for 10x growth

Take action.

That simple step is the difference between exponential entrepreneurs and wantrepreneurs. They use their discomfort to their advantage, learn what they need to do to be successful, and connect with the right people to move their mission forward.

If you’re stuck and need help un-locking your potential send me an email, or sign up for the Platform Playbook where I will show you the exact steps I took to land my dream job doing what I love.

Doug Foley
Doug Foley is a podcast host, content marketer, and problem solver. He is also the youngest of 7 brothers and sisters, a proud father of 2, and is on a mission to help people find their passion, take action, and build the life they want to live. He frequently writes about entrepreneurship, personal development, and motivation.
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