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Ted Talks We Love: The Power of Believing That You Can Improve
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Posted: 11/16/2015 12:00:00 AM

By Emily Embler


As a young professional, I’m always looking for ways to grow and learn. Sometimes to move forward, I’ve found that I have to look at the very basis of the way I look at everyday tasks and accomplishments. This Ted Talk goes into depth about the impact of the “power of not yet” on school children, and I found it interesting to apply this idea to my own development, in my field.

We often find ourselves discouraged when we don’t reach goals that are either set for us or set by us. But if we adopt a “growth mindset,” as Carol Dweck describes, we can harness these small setbacks as not-yets instead of not-evers.  

We are constantly looking to adapt, find the most innovative way to do things and solve problems in a creative way. We analyze why things worked and why things didn’t work, and very much like the students that Carol Dweck mentions, we find ourselves thrilled by the idea of a challenge and by the fact that we may be able to solve it—even if it’s just not yet. A growth mindset is imperative for a goal-oriented sales team and an important component of continued success, enabling us to develop our abilities and continue setting goals!