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Tag: Fail

Joe Gebbia

I am so impressed with the journey of Joe Gebbia. He is the co-founder of Airbnb but when I heard the story of how he got there, I couldn’t stop smiling.

I was listening to him chat with Tim Ferriss. Joe mentioned that he had convinced his buddy Brian, who he had been in contact with since leaving school at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), to move from LA to San Francisco so that they might start some kind of business together. A few days after Brian arrived at Joe’s apartment, after quitting his job, and packing his life into his Honda Civic, Joe got a letter from his landlord saying their rent would be 25% higher the following month. And neither of them had the money to cover it. Continue reading

Fixed and growth mindsets

I’m reading a book called Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck.  She talks about fixed and growth mindsets and it is so interesting.

If someone has a fixed mindset, they believe they were born as they will always be.  They might believe they are good at swimming and bad at math and it can’t be changed.  So if they fail at something, they feel it shows their weakness.  They don’t think, “I failed.”  They think, “I am a failure.”  People with a fixed mindset don’t believe you have to work at something you’re good at.  If you’re good at it, it should come easily to you. Continue reading

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