All progress depends on the growth mindset.
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[00:00:00] I believe there's two types of people in the world, growth minded, fixed mindset, growth mindset, fixed mindset. You may have heard about this. Carol Dweck wrote a book about it. She coined these terms. It's a very easy, simple way. Obviously it's reductionist way to think about different things and how you think about things, but it is a very useful heuristic to always analyze how you're thinking and whether your thoughts and your mental models are bringing you what you want in life.
[00:00:22] So it reminds me of this quote by George Bernard Shaw, the reasonable man adapts himself to the world, the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. So every new technology idea way of doing things is always the thing that propels society forward, even if it fails, right?
[00:00:41] Because now it's one more data point that lets us figure out what may work or what we should try next. It's experimentation. Everything around me in this room right now, all the comforts that we have modern society are the result of people experimenting and being optimistic. People that wanted to elicit change and improve things without a massive obsession with what could be, what might work, and then getting an in trying that we wouldn't have what we have today.
[00:01:09] We wouldn't have the world we have. And it's funny because the amount of comfort and prosperity we have is that the highest it's ever been in human civilization. And we've had a lot of people, a whole movement around 2020, and even 2020, one of this victim culture narrative about how life is so terrible and you should hate your country and all these different things.
[00:01:26] All progress depends on the growth minded, all progress in your personal life depends on growth minded or your growth mindset. How are you thinking about this thing? Have you connected? I can take actions here. I can learn from those actions I take and then I can keep taking actions and I can build and grow.
[00:01:47] Or is it, Oh, it's too hard. It's this it's that it's not fair. And I'm going to do nothing. Which do you think makes you more fragile in a universe? It's always changing the things around. You're always changing markets, relationships, families, friends, your [00:02:00] health. It's always changing. The fixed mindset tries to cling to comfort in the way things are because that's easier for the brain.
[00:02:06] You don't have to do a lot of work. You don't change your habits. You don't change your lifestyle. Humans are programmed this way from our ancestral pass because the unknown was dangerous. Could be a death sentence. We had to be very careful way to be paranoid. And so mother nature has programmed us and the genes were selected to be extra paranoid, extra careful, and extra resistant to change in our modern world where technologies are rapidly advancing.
[00:02:31] Things are changing all the time, where we have a real opportunity to bring a massive amount of wealth and prosperity to everyone. It requires thinking different. It requires every single step of the way. Challenging the step you're on. Challenging that ladder that we're on so that we can get to the next one.
[00:02:50] And a lot of things have to be destroyed or innovated out, or we would still have horseshit in the streets. Somebody predicted funny. I think the New York times predicted that in like 10 years when the horses were thing that there would be 12 feet of horse manure on every street in New York. Like, I don't even know how you'd get around that.
[00:03:09] Or I guess people would shovel pathways and you would just have horse shit everywhere. Fortunately Ford came along and created the assembly line in the, in the car. And that pretty much ended the horse dependency that we had. And I bet you a lot of horse breeders and trainers and a lot of industries based on horses.
[00:03:25] Didn't like the car coming along, but aren't you glad that car came along or shipping containers or airplanes, or the fact that most food doesn't kill you? That was actually the origin of the first brand, the origin of the first brand related to food. Because people needed to know that, Oh, this is a Heinz product.
[00:03:43] That means they've done it a certain way. It's going to be safe. It's not just some dude in his backroom making some canned tomatoes and then potentially going to kill me, botulism. Something can kill you. If there's even a little bit of error in something like I can tomato and that can grow and it can be bad [00:04:00] to brands came along.
[00:04:00] So the people could trust the food they were buying brand equals. Trust is all. It is. It's a promise. Here a few questions in your life that you should be asking yourself. Okay. Do you cling to your current ideas, habits and routines? How often are you trying new things? How often are you saying I changed my mind.
[00:04:16] I was wrong. How often are you even saying, I need to think about that. Anytime somebody tells me something along the lines of interesting, or I haven't really thought about that, or I need to think about that for a bit and get back to you. I'm immediately taken back with like respect. It's charisma is confidence because it shows me that they're not just saying some nonsense, like in first trust, I'm really going to trust that person because I feel like they've spent time to analyze something before giving me an answer or just running their mouth off.
[00:04:48] Whereas most people today just pretty much gut reactions say whatever's on the top of their mind and they don't really analyze it. They don't really take each side of the argument and try to objectively critically think about it. They just like, say something emotional or they're just trolling and they say whatever.
[00:05:03] Do you always find ways why something's not going to work? Do you have a negativity bias? Are you always focused on the problems of things or do you see the possibilities in them? It's a spectrum. So you should understand the negatives of something and the pitfalls and the issues. You shouldn't just be blindly optimistic, but you have to focus on the optimism.
[00:05:20] You have to have hope and you have to believe in the possibility more so than you're afraid of the things that might be a problem or a hindrance or block, or make it feel completely. All progress, depends on hope and possibility in your life in society, human civilization. And it's not going to change it.
[00:05:39] Most people default to wanting to explain the way things are. They want to explain why something happened or why something's not going to work. They have that negativity bias it's way easier to be negative than it is to be positive. It's way easier to pick apart the reasons why something's not going to work, then focus on the ways that maybe it could work and maybe I should experiment and figure it out.
[00:05:59] It's way [00:06:00] easier to justify how things are and why they should stay that way than is to experiment with, or hypothesize on new ideas and ways of doing things. All progress depends on the growth mindset. You're a growth mindset. Just start thinking about that for your life and how to apply it more. How to grow the growth mindset and grow a growth perspective and positivity, and how to continually weed away, those negative thoughts and those negative mental models.
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