It’s an old joke but it’s one of the purest distillations out there of something called a growth mindset. People with a growth mindset thrive on challenge and see failure as a springboard for growth; a motivation to stretch their existing abilities. No one is born knowing how to play the piano, and yet Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor did happen, and continues to happen to this day. The flip side is a fixed mindset, displayed by people who assume that their character, intelligence, and creative ability stay largely static and unchangeable. Which, when you think about it, is rather ridiculous.
Guess which mindset we Mahaloans subscribe to? We have ways we like to foster a growth mindset around here, to make sure we’re always learning, growing, improving, and challenging ourselves. We welcome constructive criticism in our pursuit of authenticity. We deliver and request candor at all times. We hold formal post mortems to review projects and identify opportunities to improve, so that we can apply those learnings to future projects. And we actively pursue our passions, both personally and professionally. We seek out things like classes, webinars, books, podcasts, and TED Talks to build skills in areas of interest such as leadership, design, writing, and more.
Sounds like a pretty good way to go about this whole digital marketing thing, doesn’t it? The beautiful part is, you can apply it to your own life, your own career, and your own interpersonal relationships.
It can all be boiled down to this: A fixed mindset views success as establishing superiority. A growth mindset knows that success happens when you work your hardest to become your best. At Mahalo, we’re lucky to be surrounded by and supported in a culture of growth that is infectious.