👉 Setting goals for yourself
👉 Measuring ourselves and not comparing with other people
👉 Taking baby steps
👉 Being resilient when you face challenges
Tai Tran is a Forbes contributor, worked for Apple, and is the head of marketing of the Saas company Matter. He is also co-founder and president of the Close the Gap foundation which helps low-income students reach their fullest potential and live a fulfilling life.
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Yeah, that's cool. That's also what you're doing to close the gap, right? Absolutely. Yeah. A lot of our work is to find low-income students before they fall through the cracks. And I think that our goal is not to just come in and teach someone to be a software engineer or marketer, but really helping them find role models in their life to help instill them with confidence, lifelong relationship, and confidence that can carry them through whatever they want to dream of becoming. We don't tell people to come into our program saying that, hey, you have to be this or that.
It's more about, you know, you have a lifetime to discover what you will become. We're just here for this part of the journey to help you have the confidence to figure out what you want to do, right? And I think for us, that's the biggest importance is that you can teach someone to be in an occupation, but that's gonna be fleeting. But if you teach someone to be confident, they're gonna be able to pursue whatever they want in their life, and our goal is to really instill them in that growth mindset to know that you know your dream might change. But as long as you have that confidence, that growth mindset, you can pursue whatever you want, no matter how old, how young you are. And no matter what stage you are in your life, I'm just curious. So when it comes to a growth mindset, how are you doing this? So I mean, do you have strategies? Do you have projects that you implement or how are you doing this?
Yes. So when it comes to a growth mindset, I would say that I like to set goals for myself, but at the same time, it's, you know, it's 2020.
Pandemic work from home goals are very hard to keep up to. But I think the biggest thing that we have to be mindful if it's the kind of like measuring ourselves to our own expectation versus comparing ourselves right.
I know in 2020 some of the listeners out here might be seeing like, wow, everybody's accomplishing so much in this past year from work from home, right?
I haven't done much right, and I think the biggest the first advice I give people. It's like to not compare yourself. The growth mindset is internal.
It's not about you. Comparing yourself to your peer to your friends is about what do you want to accomplish, right and really taking baby steps, right? If you want to be, if you want to start writing, don't tell yourself that you're going to write every day, because that's probably impossible, even for people who write a lot.
You may want to start with something small. You may want to say that. Hey, I want to start writing, so I'm gonna start writing, maybe weekly for the year 2021. Right?
But you might not want to say I'm going to start today because now you have to catch up for the next week, right? Maybe you can tell yourself that I'm going to start writing weekly in mid-February. So this next month I'm going to start writing maybe three times a week and have a bunch of articles saved up, right? I think for me the practice of growth mindset is discipline and being able to help tell yourself that you have these tiny habits that you can work toward right, I think. Growth mindset.
Really? For me, it's the ability to not just set up goals, but also be resilient, like when you face challenges, right, because I think goals are meant to be set, but also beside goals. You also have a life right and work and all these other things are going to the track you and so growth mindset is all about like all right, so sometimes you will have to veer, different direction.
But as long as you have your mindset on something, you will get to that destination as long as you have that discipline and be very pragmatic in your approach.