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What’s Your Mindset For The Future?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

by Land Bridgers

2015 was CERTAINLY a year of growth.

We added 14 new advisors to the Brain Trust, grew our assets under management to almost $4 billion, and watched our members experience many personal and professional successes. I’m so proud to be a part of this group!

On a personal note, it was amazing to me to see how much my kids have grown. My 10 year old, Caitlin, is almost my height and now wears a bigger size shoe than my wife. My 8 year old, Britain, hit a growth spurt and is turning in to quite the basketball player. Daddy’s Girls are maturing; asking for and seeking more independence every day.

On a professional note, I was at a networking event recently and they were talking about having a Fixed mindset versus a Growth mindset. I found the conversation fascinating. Here’s how it works:

A Fixed mindset states that intelligence is static; where a Growth mindset believes intelligence is always being developed and increasing.

With this conclusion, it’s apparent that our mindset affects how we handle situations.

Try finishing the following sentences:

A Fixed mindset leads to a desire to look smart and therefore a tendency to…

A Growth mindset leads to a desire to learn and therefore a tendency to…

Here’s a quick overview of how Fixed vs. Growth mindset folks handle things:


Fixed mindset avoids challenges vs. Growth mindset embraces challenges


Fixed mindset gets defensive, gives up, and blames others vs. Growth mindset persist in the face of setbacks


Fixed mindset sees effort as fruitless or worse vs. Growth mindset sees effort as the path to mastery


Fixed mindset ignores useful negative feedback vs. Growth mindset learns from criticism


Fixed mindset is threatened by the success of others vs. Growth mindset finds lessons and inspiration in the success of others

Our Consortium is built with a Growth mindset, and we look for new members with Growth mindsets. We even say, “You don’t have to be growing your practice, but we ask that you keep growing as a professional.” We face challenges and obstacles (think: constantly changing regulatory world) objectively, work hard, and are open to feedback. Most importantly—and what I love the best about our Consortium—is that we learn from each other. Every day we have the opportunity to seek inspiration and encouragement from the people around us.

Here’s the takeaway:

A Fixed mindset’s end result is plateauing early and achieving less than their full potential. A Growth mindset is always reaching for ever-higher levels of achievement and reaching their full potential.

As the year ends, it’s important to review it. What were your successes? Failures? Take stock and learn!

Even more important: what’s your mindset for the future?

Wishing you Growth in 2016!

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