Growth Mindset: Psychology of self-improvement
6 Mindsets for Creative Success
Do you have a creative dream that you've been putting off? Maybe you want to write a book, start a band, or launch your own business. But something is holding you back. Maybe it's fear of failure. Maybe it's perfectionism. Maybe you just don't think you have what it takes.
If you're feeling stuck, then you're not alone. Many people struggle to overcome their creative blocks and achieve success. But it is possible.
In this episode of the Growth Mindset Podcast, Sam Webster Harris shares 6 mindsets that can help you overcome your creative blocks and achieve success.
Tune in to learn how to develop a vision for your work, experiment with new ideas, embrace failure, stay motivated, and focus on your goals.
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On the growth mindset podcast with Sam Webster Harris, we explore the psychology of happiness, satisfaction, purpose, and growth through the lens of self-improvement. Success and happiness is a state of mind unique to ourselves and is our responsibility to create.
Through a process of honest self-reflection of what is holding us back and what is driving us forward, we can lose the ego and build awareness of how to be the best we can be.
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Show: Growth Mindset, psychology of self-improvement
Episode: 6 Mindsets for Creative Success
00:00 6 mindset for creative success
01:54 #1 Have a Why
04:41 #2 Share Things Publicly and Iterate
08:22 #3 Minimize Any Hurdles
10:18 #4 Think About Though Cycles
12:20 #5 Small Steps Leads to A Very Big Journey
14:08 #6 - Don't Let The Big Ideas Block You
16:55 Mr. Beast Tangent on Just Do Stuff
18:40 Send Off
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1. Learned Helplessness and Learned Optimism - Unleash Awesomeness37:18The story of the growth mindset is rooted in our understanding of learned helplessness and learned optimism.Our tendency to learn to accept a situation and give up on changing it is the root of a fixed mindset. Our ability to behave optimistically and learn to seek new solutions to recurring problems is the root of a Growth mindset.The concept of a Growth Mindset was developed by Carol Dweck expanding on the previous work of Martin Seligman to create a deeper understanding of success and achievement.In this episode, we dive into the work that helped lay the ground for the true self-improvement movement from a psychological perspective and set the foundations of understanding for the podcast.
2. Putting the Touch in 'Touchless' Tech! - Tom Carter - Founder & CTO, Ultrahaptics55:27Tom Carter is the Founder and CEO at UltraLeap. When I interviewed him for this episode back in 2018 they were called Ultrahaptics. They are a leading technology company making mind-blowing technology that lets users feel the sensation of touch in mid-air. On the podcast, he shares some amazing insights into what he has learned along the way building a tech business and learning to be humble as well as wildly aspirational.
3. Growing Startup Teams - Dean Hume, CTO at Settled.co.uk40:40Dean Hume is the author of the book Building Great Start Up Teams and various tech books like ASP.Net Websites and is passionate about web performance He is also a full-time developer and CTO.He shares great insights into running and growing a successful teams and his philosophies on life.
4. Intro interview - Sam & Jane Harris33:39The first introduction episode to the Growth Mindset Podcast. Sam looks back at his life with his mother Jane and explores some of the main events and funny stories that cultured his growth mindset.Fair warning, I had no idea how to run a podcast at this point. For now it's cute to have this to look back on if you're interested but don't expect anything incredible =) The Harris family get excited
5. The Startup Bakery - Iterating towards Product Market Fit with Tomiwa Adey43:05Tomiwa Adey is a young tech entrepreneur who has founded several start-ups, learning a lot from his successes and failures. He offers a humorous insight into the trials and tribulations of being a tech entrepreneur and how to develop a positive mindset- - -On the growth mindset podcast with Sam Webster Harris, we explore the psychology of happiness, satisfaction, purpose, and growth through the lens of self-improvement. Success and happiness is a state of mind unique to ourselves and is our responsibility to create.Through a process of honest self-reflection of what is holding us back and what is driving us forward, we can lose the ego and build awareness of how to be the best we can be.- - -Connect with Sam:Sam's newsletter on creativity - Explosive ThinkingWatch the pod - YouTube (Growth Mindset)Twitter - @samjamharrisInstagram - @SamJam.zen- - -Show: Growth Mindset, psychology of self-improvementEpisode: The Startup Bakery - Iterating towards Product Market Fit with Tomiwa Adey
05: Scaling Software Teams - Harsh Sinha - Transferwise VP Engineering50:19Harsh is the VP of Engineering at TransferWise. On the podcast, he shares his wealth of experience leading software teams at scale. Prior to joining TransferWise, Harsh was Director of Product at PayPal leading product strategy and development of PayPal’s mobile apps and SDKs enabling third parties to build mobile wallet experiences. He also led eBay’s Local initiatives as Director of Engineering where he owned the vision and development of eBay’s Click & Collect platform globally, including launching eBay’s Click & Collect integration with Argos in the UK. He has a LOT of experience working with products at scale and managing teams through tough challenges and disasters. TRANSFERWISE TransferWise is a leading low-cost currency exchange online currency exchange allowing you to easily send money across the globe. You can sign up here to send your first transaction for free. (https://transferwise.com/register?utmSource=url&utmMedium=invite&utmContent=&utmCampaign=3for50&referralCode=samh26&referralToken=samh26&profileType=PERSONAL#/) Borderless Bank Account Their new Borderless Bank Account is possibly my favourite product of 2017. You can register your own bank account with a physical address and bank account numbers so you can store legit money, pay people and be paid in several currencies. For anyone that travels frequently, enjoys currency speculation or supplies digital work across borders this is the most amazingly useful thing ever. You can sign up for an account here (https://transferwise.com/register?utmSource=url&utmMedium=invite&utmContent=&utmCampaign=3for50&referralCode=samh26&referralToken=samh26&profileType=PERSONAL#/) SAM’S TOP TIPS FROM THE EPISODE When building a team that scales, so called 10x engineers can be toxic and not worth the risk. Check that someone is a team-player first and has the right alignment with the company, then assess on how good they are. Take risks early in life and try wearing some different hats. See what suits you and commit to big idea’s before life gets in the way. In tech it is inevitable that things will break at some point. Don’t be so sure of yourself that good processes will prevent any failures occurring. Always keep in place good monitoring to ensure you catch it early and can diagnose and roll back or fix the problem quickly. FAVOURITE BOOKS The Lean Start Up — Eric Ries (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0670921602/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=samharris48-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0670921602&linkId=2deaa993ab7118ded9644d62681b13f5) The book that started the whole lean movement. A standard for all cash strapped entrepreneurs. The Lean Startup is about learning what your customers really want. It’s about testing your vision continuously, adapting and adjusting before it’s too late. Four steps to epiphany — Steve Blank (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Four-Steps-Epiphany-Successful-Strategies/dp/0989200507/ref=sr_1_1?crid=25PWXZA3LW37N&keywords=four+steps+to+epiphany&qid=1580020897&s=books&sprefix=four+steps+to+%2Cstripbooks%2C467&sr=1-1) The Four Steps to the Epiphany launched the Lean Startup approach to new ventures. It was the first book to offer that startups are not smaller versions of large companies and that new ventures are different than existing ones. Startups search for business models while existing companies execute them. The book offers the practical and proven four-step Customer Development process for search and offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves others selling off their furniture. Start Up owners manual — Steve Blank (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0984999302/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=samharris48-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0984999302&linkId=845a53471aace47bcaed4c642ff0e7b3) It s been called the bible for startups and the best $40 investment a startup can make (on sale at Amazon for far less)! A startup without customers is like a day without oxygen, and the Startup Owner s Manual helps founders get it right and shows you how to get, keep, and grow customers, literally every step of the way. Bill Bryson (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0035OC7VI/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=samharris48-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B0035OC7VI&linkId=9b345b4d56ea237214b7bfc4a27e5c60) A travel writer who creates ight-hearted yet insightful thought pieces on the world around him. A great read to understand a lot more about different cultures and what is going on across the globe all form teh comfort of your armchair. PODCASTS PLANET MONEY An informative and often humorous insight into the world of money and the way economics shapes the world around us. 50 THINGS THAT CHANGED THE MODERN ECONOMY Short 10 minute episodes on things you might never have thought of but perhaps play a huge role in your life or the modern world. Nice thought bites to listen to on the train to make you a little bit wiser. CONTACT US We’d love to know what you learned most from the episode and feel free to leave a comment or start a conversation with us on twitter. You can find out more about Sam or Tom and talk about any episode you’ve enjoyed or the future of the podcast. Harsh and TransferWise: Twitter — @HarshSinha (https://twitter.com/harshSinha) Twitter — @TransferWise (https://twitter.com/TransferWise) Sam: Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/samjamsnaps/) Quora (https://www.quora.com/profile/Sam-Harris-58) Twitter (https://twitter.com/samharristweets) LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharris48/) Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Harsh Sinha. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See podvine.com/privacy-policy for podcast listener privacy info.
06: Happiness and Achievement - Edward Broadhurst51:02Edward Broadhurst is a solicitor for local government and a member of the Territorial Army. A relaxed podcast where we explore his accidental launch and sale of his business and strategies to achieve more happiness and content in our lives. Some great tips covered and an interesting break from tech. If you want to get in touch with Ed it'll have to be via me: Sam: Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/samjamsnaps/) Quora (https://www.quora.com/profile/Sam-Harris-58) Twitter (https://twitter.com/samharristweets) LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharris48/) Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See podvine.com/privacy-policy for podcast listener privacy info.
07: Make Your Passion Your Work - Travel Writing - Helena Smith58:21HELENA SMITH — WRITER FOR LONELY PLANET AND ROUGH GUIDES AND AUTHOR OF HACKNEY GUIDES Helena Smith is a travel writer and book author. She writes for the ‘Lonely Planet’ and ‘Rough Guides’ publications whilst exploring the world, and has self-published her own books ‘Inside Hackney’ and ‘Eat Hackney’ in which she shares her insights travelling just a few miles from her doorstep. She shares her insights into travelling and how she worked her way into a dream job being paid to follow her passions. TOP TIPS 1. Pack minimally The less stuff you have the better your trip will be. trust me. baggage drags you down, there is more stuff to lose, more stuff to carry. more stuff to unpack and repack every stop and it literally is a huge drain on your energy and attitude to do fun stuff and ties you down. having just a tiny backpack with everything you need is the most liberating thing you can do for a good travel experience! This can also be applied as a general life strategy to keep you freer and able to take new opportunities without being so entrenched in stuff 2. Want to have a job as a writer — Just start writing. Actually pretty obvious in hindsight. to get good at writing you need to do it. By showing initiative and interest in writing about travel or local insights is the only way to get started in the world of travel writing. Just self-publish on a personal blog or submit to online magazines and grow from there. You can also review things on TripAdvisor and answer questions and give advice on Quora. In this modern age also things like an Instagram wouldn’t hurt… 3. Bananas are awesome You can do lots of healthy alternatives to things with them and keep all your vegan friends happy. And you can basically buy them anywhere in the world cheaply. So no excuses. HELENA’S BOOKS Inside Hackney (http://insidehackney.com/) If you’re in London or plan to visit the inside Hackney is a great resource beyond the average guidebook or using TripAdvisor. So many cool things she’s put in the book. Eat Hackney (http://eathackney.com/) For culinary travellers, Eat Hackney is your chance to get hold of and recreate the best food available in Hackney from the comfort of your own home. I’m already keen to try the Mung-bean curry she mentions and excited to see what other gems she has inside. HELENA’S FAVOURITE BOOKS True History of the Kelly Gang (https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=true+history+of+the+ned&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss) by Peter Carey Her absolute favourite book. It sounds pretty interesting and as I’m about to visit Australia I’m lining it up on my next books to read. Daunt Bookshop A great shop in London, it pairs travel books with novels about the country. So you can read a nice story about where you are going. SAM’S FAVOURITE TRAVEL BOOK PAIRINGS ‘The Shadow of the Wind (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-Wind-Cemetery-Forgotten-Books/dp/1474609880/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3LC8F5WMPKP13&keywords=the+shadow+of+the+wind&qid=1580045060&s=books&sprefix=the+shadow%2Cstripbooks%2C484&sr=1-1)’ — Carlos Ruiz Zafón — Barcelona, Spain A beautiful captivating tale from early 20th century Barcelona, it’s one of my absolute favourite books also so a great read to lose yourself in. The Caesar (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Conn-Iggulden-Emperor-Books-Collection/dp/B00JBAJV6E/ref=sr_1_17?crid=2J6Z5DCSEF4LQ&keywords=conn+iggulden&qid=1580045555&s=books&sprefix=conn+%2Cstripbooks%2C371&sr=1-17) — A Series of 5 Books by Conn Iggulden — Rome, Italy, Europe Just an epic account of the great man. All about Julius Caesar, Rome, Italy and also his conquests across Europe in general. ‘Memoirs of a Geisha (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Memoirs-Geisha-Arthur-Golden/dp/0099771519/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2KKKZAVWYEOTG&keywords=geisha&qid=1580045283&s=books&sprefix=geisha%2Cstripbooks%2C365&sr=1-1)’ by Arthur Golden. — Japan A stunningly beautiful book all about the last true geisha’s of Japan that follows the story of a young girl who goes to Geisha school to try help her family in a troubled age and goes on to be a leading geisha but during a time when Japan was catching up with the modern world. It’s just a really interesting book into a crazy country and a crazy life that doesn’t really exist anymore but with many poignant life lessons about how to succeed and stay relevant in a changing world around you. ‘Nothing To Envy (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nothing-Envy-Lives-North-Korea/dp/184708141X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=6RNWPP9AAZMN&keywords=nothing+to+envy&qid=1580045243&s=books&sprefix=nothing+to+en%2Cstripbooks%2C490&sr=1-1)’ by Barbara Demick, North Korea This book blew my mind. I literally had no idea about what has been going on in North Korea and it is a truly fascinating and shocking book about the crazy world of an entire country ran in a big brother state. it follows the tale of several families and characters and the effects that politics, famine and desperation has on them and the amazing resilience of human beings and the shocking power or information and what can happen when it is withheld from us. Obviously, I haven’t been to North Korea (YET) but I’ll update you on any progress on that front as I’m totally looking into it! Try a free Audible trial of any book here (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Audible-Free-Trial-Digital-Membership/dp/B00OPA2XFG?tag=samharris48%E2%80%9321) CONTACT Helena: You can find out more about Helena and her projects at: helenasmith.co.uk (https://helenasmith.co.uk) Twitter — Helena (https://twitter.com/HelsTravels) Twitter — Inside Hackney (https://twitter.com/insidehackney) Sam: Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/samjamsnaps/) Quora (https://www.quora.com/profile/Sam-Harris-58) Twitter (https://twitter.com/samharristweets) LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharris48/) Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Helena Smith. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See podvine.com/privacy-policy for podcast listener privacy info.
08: Raising Finance and Entrepreneur Fundamentals - Nick Miller55:30Nick Miller is the CEO of Buzzhire, an on-demand staffing agency for the hospitality industry in London. Their app provides a modern solution to staffing issues and empowers users to work when they want at a price that suits them. Nick has also launched several other businesses including EatFirst and Jumia whilst working for RocketInternet. We discuss the best strategies for raising finance, creating a successful team and some amazing insights on being an entrepreneur. TOP TIPS 1. Be Sensible About Equity Raising a large amount of money always seems like a good idea but ask yourself if you really need it straight away or if you can do without and retain a bigger holding and thus more control of your company. VC’s are often put off by companies where the founders don’t have a controlling share in the company. Equally, don’t be greedy and try to retain too much of your business. Selling at an inflated valuation can be damaging and limit your ability to raise further finance. So be realistic about your value and give out shares accordingly. 2. Enjoy your commute Plan your living and working situation in a way that you enjoy your commute. It is one of the single biggest contributors to well being and happiness much more than most material items. So before taking on that higher paying job, ask your self will the commute make me happy, rather than will the money. 3. Interview Strategy Ask Oddball questions to gauge more personality. If you think the candidate is a fit are worthwhile to spend time in the interview to make sure they really understand your business. Ensure that they have everything they need to make the decision to work for you. 4. Have clear distinctions of roles for founders. CEO — to raise money and drive the vision COO — to run the business and keep things together CTO — to build the tech Each person should have ownership of their area and be trusted by the others that they will deliver. Of course, you need to meet regularly to be sure your all working towards the same goal. But each in their different area and then stop getting in each other’s way. 5. Plan realistically — Don’t take on too much Expect all of your plans to take twice as long and ensure to take on a minimal amount of stuff at any point in time so that you do it properly. And then you don’t get stressed out and deliver what you say will the way you want to! Give yourself time to focus on being awesome at minimal stuff instead of being poor at everything. BOOKS: Quiet Leadership: Winning Hearts, Minds and Matches (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Quiet-Leadership-Winning-Hearts-Matches/dp/0241244943/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1A1R99SRGAT7Q&keywords=quiet+leadership&qid=1580046475&s=books&sprefix=quie%2Cstripbooks%2C486&sr=1-1)— Carlo Ancelotti A thoughtful insight into managing people and getting buy-in from others, it sounds like a great read and happy to add to my ever-growing list. Nick mentions a great quote. _‘People don’t care how much you know, till they know how much you care.’ _< A great quote on how much of a role passion play’s when you want to be successful at anything. CONTACT Nick and Buzzhire: Buzzhire.co (www.buzzhire.co) @nickam30 (https://twitter.com/nickam30) @buzzhire (www.twitter.com/buzzhire) Sam: Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/samjamsnaps/) Quora (https://www.quora.com/profile/Sam-Harris-58) Twitter (https://twitter.com/samharristweets) LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharris48/) Show notes (https://medium.com/growth-mindset-podcast) Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Nick Miller. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See podvine.com/privacy-policy for podcast listener privacy info.