006: Blind Spots – We All Have Them

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 - 9:45am

I received touching comments from Episode 4 where I focused on Carol Dweck’s book, “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.”

Here are a few:

“If you ever wanted to make a difference in the world, you certainly did change my world with this podcast.”

“What a great topic, Ana. I’ve read Dr. Dweck’s book and it really had a positive impact in my life.”

“I started believing something very different, that this is a skill set that I can build with practice and intention.”

Learning about Growth and Fixed Mindset makes a difference, mainly when we realize that we have a growth mindset overall, yet a fixed mindset in certain critical areas. These fixed mindsets, of which we are usually unaware, stop us from being “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” (could not resist the plug to Episode 5 about this other wonderful book ;).

All of us have these blind spots. That’s normal.

We are not aware of them until someone, or something forces us to see what we don’t see them.

Did you know that you have a visual blind spot in your eye? (more…)

005: Follow Your Passion – Worst Advice Ever?

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 - 10:03pm

Not long ago, I read a book entitled:

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

The author, Cal Newport, argues that “follow your passion” is bad advice.

So often, we hear this advice “follow your passion”, that we don’t question its validity.

What I love about Cal Newport’s book is that it’s truly thought provoking, and questions that assumption that so many people have that “follow your passion” is the most effective way to find the work we love. (more…)

004: Growth Mindset – Yes, We Can Learn It

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 - 11:56pm

The secret of success for self-employed professionals is developing a growth mindset.

What does that mean?

Let me define the opposite – fixed mindset.

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003: Failure and The Way To Success

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 - 11:12pm

Last week I spoke about the Art of Repurposing and a new perspective from the Icarus Myth I learned from one of my favorite authors: Seth Godin.

During that episode I said:

If we want to succeed, we may fail many times.

Now, I want to correct myself:

If we want to succeed, we must fail many times.

We must build a strong failure resilience if we want success.

It took me a long time to internalize this maximum, and I have to admit it’s not always comfortable to follow.

Two resources that help me build my failure resilience are: (more…)

002: Repurposing & The Icarus Myth Learned from Seth Godin

By: | Posted in: Podcast Episodes | Friday, Oct 3, 2014 - 8:00am

As Self-Employed Professionals, we have to wear many hats.

When we start our business, we soon realize that we also have to be our own marketing director, bookkeeper, sales person, webmaster, editor, and admin. Of course, we can bring people on board to delegate some of this work.

In any case, to learn the art of repurposing content is an essential skill to develop. (more…)