Few books have inspired me to take immediate action, and Mindset is one of them. The argument Dr Dweck makes for instilling a growth mindset is so compelling and evidential that there is no other choice. This is essential reading (and implementing) if you care about your human potential.
Frankl had his US immigration visa. He could’ve left Nazi Germany a free man. But he decided to stay with his parents. These words from Viktor Frankl reflect how life can be purposeful, if you choose it to be:
“The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity – even under the most difficult circumstances – to add a deeper meaning to his life.”
Avoid challenges at your own peril, Ryan Holiday alludes. True human potential is only uncovered in the face of adversity and pain. Avoid it, and you miss an opportunity to grow and uncover your own potential. This book changed the way I think about challenges. I look forward to them now. It is the only way.
It’s not our fault – we are culturally trained to revere the gifted children, or geniuses who can accomplish unimaginable feats. They’re born with “special” DNA. Daniel Coyle tells us that’s wrong. It’s a myth. Greatness isn’t born. It’s learnt through persistence, practice, and repetition. Anyone can become great if they’re willing to put the work in. Their potential is limitless.
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