(CodeGen) Learning of the week - Do You Have a Mindset of Growth?
Many years ago two salesmen were sent to a remote island by a shoe manufacturer. The goal of their trip was to investigate this new market, and to report their findings back to headquarters on the potential of the market.
The first salesman came back with a rather dismal report, “There’s no potential at all here, because nobody wears shoes.” While the second salesman came back with a rather different reply, “There’s massive potential in this island, because nobody wears shoes."
If you don’t feel that you can change a situation, you act one way. But if you see the world as a series of opportunities, you act differently.
Surely it’s no surprise to any of you that two people could have completely different responses to the same situation. But what’s interesting here is how they are different.
Shoe Salesmen #1, who only saw a hopeless situation, was “sorting for limitation”, while Shoe Salesmen #2, who saw a glorious opportunity, was “sorting for possibility.”
A person who is sorting for limitation is noticing for all the things that are/ or could go wrong, all the ways in which they will not be able to fulfill whatever it is they want. But on the other hand a person sorting for possibility, is noticing for all the ways in which they can get what they want.