Ep. 259 Do you have a growth mindset?


In this week’s episode, Anna looks at embracing change and adapting as you go.

“The only constant is change” as the saying goes, and perhaps this has never been more true than it is now. The world is changing at an ever faster pace and adaptability is a more important trait than ever.

In this week’s episode, we look at…

  • The stagnation and missed opportunities that can come from resisting change
  • The advantages of flexibility and evolution in solving problems and staying relevant
  • How you can develop your adaptability muscle

Tune in for more on embracing change and adapting as you go.

*Resources mentioned during the episode*

Join the community – Join our Facebook group to meet a community of like-minded would-be escapees as they work on redefining and achieving success on their terms. www.facebook.com/groups/onestepoutside

Growth Mindset

Hello, hello, welcome back to the podcast as we look at the importance of a growth mindset today, and this is an art series of thinking like an entrepreneur, whether you’re an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, or anything in between. So this idea of a growth mindset comes from Carol Dweck, her TED talk, and her book, aptly named mindset. And my own personal experience of this fixed mindset is very much at school, when you’re told, You’re good at this, you’re not good at that, you know, and basically, there’s no point in trying, because you’re just not natural at this sport, or you’re not good at languages, you’re not good at maths. And lots of studies, you know, found that if you put a problem in front of someone’s child, let’s say, and I assume the same as a grown up with an adult, you know, if you have a fixed mindset, I put this math problem in front of you, you’ll go, oh, I can’t do it. I can’t do math. There’s no point trying.

If you have a growth mindset, you say, Oh, this is quite hard. I haven’t learned this before. But maybe I can apply what I learned in a different area to this, how can I learn?

Maybe for next time, I’m going to try and study more, or read this or ask for help, and so on, right? So the growth mindset is really embracing challenges and opportunity to grow. I don’t know yet. But I will find out. Finding a way to overcome the obstacle, taking feedback, not like dying, a sad death, because we take it so personally, but also not ignoring it. But really seeing the wisdom finding the nugget of truth in that feedback and using it to learn and grow. And also seeing other people’s examples of success as an almost like role models, or certainly inspiration, rather than a threat. It’s so easy to look at people on social media to see people and go, Oh, I can’t believe how can they have so much success, I’m better than they are at least as good. It’s so unfair, right? This resentment, and that’s not particularly positive or fair, you have no idea what they’ve done to get to where they are, right? You don’t know from what you’re seeing. And also, instead, isn’t it so much more powerful and positive to go, wow, look at what they’ve achieved, I can do that too. And double down on getting there yourself as well. So the problem with this fixed mindset that I think we get from school is, as ever, that we need that kind of stagnation, there’s a limit, right? For what we can achieve. Because I’m not good at this. There’s no point in trying, oh, I’m too old now. Anyway, um, you know, so I can’t learn any new skills. We forget about all that neuroplasticity, and everything we forget about all those examples of people who have had huge success and learned and pivoted when they’re older, and just think it’s too late, I can’t do it. I’m not good enough. That’s just not my thing. I think also the fixed mindset can foster a fear of failure, foster a fear of failure, so that quickly 10 times. And it holds you back from taking those calculated risks that we’ve been talking about the last few weeks. And embracing failure is a really important learning opportunity in entrepreneurship. And I again, I use entrepreneurship quite loosely, because, of course, we’re not going to succeed the first time, of course, we have to make mistakes, as we learn as we try things as we look for the right way to do things, right. So and we need to get better. We need more experience, we need help the market needs to evolve, whatever it is. So that fear of failure actually makes things even worse.

We don’t even try, we stay in that comfort and comfort or sort of apathy zone and don’t try to stretch ourselves and grow. And this, just this, this is all coming together, right? We talked about adaptability a couple of weeks ago, the fixed mindset obviously gets in the way of that, because we’re not going to pivot our strategies, we’re not going to respond to change in the market dynamics. We can’t because this is what I’m good at. This is what I’ve always done. I see this again, again, and people who want to change roles change industry or start a business they’re like, but this is my job title. This is what I do. It’s an it’s no criticism is just you know, natural that something will be done for so long. We sort of compensate shrinks around that and and we think that’s all we can do. As we you know, when we’re on parental leave and come back to work, and oh, my goodness, we’ve been home and can I still do my job? And so of course we can. It’s just different what we’ve been doing. So it just takes over that fear, right? And if we’ve, if we hold on to that fixed mindset, and that’s really going to keep us back.

On the other hand, the growth mindset is when we really feel empowered to embrace challenges, as I said before as opportunities for growth.

We can tackle those complex problems, we see it as kind of a almost a fun thing to do, right? Oh, and let’s get to grips. This is a really tough challenge. Let’s see how we can solve this right? I’m very sort of, you know, solutions focused. Let’s dig into this intricate problem and find a way positive can do attitude. I don’t know, I always have to say that an American accent. So in the very bad one at that. And lifelong learning. I say this all the time, but it’s such an important value for me. It doesn’t have to be and I remind you all as I have to remind myself for more learning, we don’t have to go back and do PhD or an MBA, or even, you know a degree, of course, whatever we can do. But it’s not about the formal qualification. You know, it’s reading as listening as learning and say what I’m so actively seeking out new knowledge, kind of cross fertilizing from other businesses, other industries, or the fields to enhance your own personal development and your business as well. And then, of course, the growth mindset is so important for the other important traits like resilience and grit and perseverance, we have to persist through those inevitable setbacks and obstacles, we have to use our growth mindset to overcome those challenges, because otherwise, we’ll give up at the first hurdle. And that’s where we see people who, you know, who don’t Yeah, who just give up too soon, who don’t give it a chance. And unfortunately, I think the world is kind of missing out on their potential there as they are themselves. So okay, what can you do in practice? Well, I would encourage you to, as I do myself to seek feedback and critique, this is something we’re really missing actually are solopreneurs. And we don’t really get feedback, because we don’t have the boss, the manager, the mentors and peers necessarily automatically, at least as we would in an organization. So if you’re in quite an isolated role, or if you’re working for yourself, I’d really encourage you to seek that out whether you join a mastermind, you create a mastermind of peers, where you’re not paying anything you’re all taking in terms, and you look for mentors in your organization, externally, previous managers you’ve worked with, you look for people in your industry.

Now, those of us who do keep coaching and mentoring as a paid thing, you know, you can’t ask necessarily for things like that for free. But certainly it’s important to look out, you know, seek out those people who will give you honest feedback, and critique because we just don’t get that automatically. Unfortunately, when we’re working for ourselves, as much as I can criticize myself a lot all the time. You know, we actually want real external perspective on things. And if you have the growth mindset, that will really help you to see that feedback as an opportunity for growth, to get the vibe insights for improvement, rather than take it personally saying, Oh, how dare they say these things. You know, certainly, if you’re asking for feedback, you need to graciously accept it when it comes. Of course, you can choose to ignore it, that’s also your prerogative. When it comes to setting goals and stretching yourself, you know, it’s really important, if you look into the sort of the goal setting research to set goals. They’re ambitious, and aspirational, and exciting, but achievable. And it’s hard to know what achievable is right. But if I’m not earning any money, where business and I go, I’m gonna earn 10 million, maybe that’s achievable the long term, but it probably isn’t from where I am with zero clients to imagine even a million, even 100k At that point, right is quite tough.

So try to focus on getting your first 1k, your first client, your first five clients, your first 5k, your first five, 5k, whatever that immediate milestone looks like for you.

You know, if you want to publish a book, maybe don’t start with a book, but rather start with publishing a blog article or writing a little bit every day, break it down, we’re not motivated. This is what the research says we’re not motivated if the goal is so ridiculously stratospheric, that we just don’t think we’ll ever get it. Also, nobody can hold you accountable, right? Because if I go, I’m gonna do this amazing thing that no one’s ever done before. And it’s huge. And, you know, you asked me, how’s it going, I can’t even tell you because it’s so huge. There’s no way of holding you to account for that goal. On the other hand, if I’m to like, Oh, I’m just gonna Yeah, I’m gonna get one new client maybe next year, or I don’t really need money because all and then then that’s going to be not very motivating either, right? So you really just set milestones that challenge you to step out of your comfort zone, stretch you, if you’ve got one client, try for three, if you’ve got three, try for five, etc. Right? So look for that next level, in whatever role organizational leadership you have now, how can you set goals for yourself and for your team that are ambitious, stretching, but still achievable. And then we need to find some kind of learning routine, you know, when we’re talking about kind of working from home routines and schedules and things, especially if you’re either completely autonomous and have have complete full freedom over your schedule as a as a business owner, or if you’re an organization as a leader in theory, you know, we do still have control, we have choice over saying no, and so on, you might have a CEO coming in and say you’ve got to get your bum in here right now and come to this meeting. But generally, as grown ups, we are allowed to say no to meetings, oh, we don’t have to check our email on Friday night, etc. Right? So try to really create a routine where you are learning as a matter of you know, that’s part of your development. I have shared before my my five L’s model, which I feel are the five different areas of life that are important to address to set goals in to kind of keep those spinning plates spinning ongoing, although they will require more or less focus over time in your life. So the five pillars are live, love, learn lead love, live is your health and well being love is relationships and belonging. Learn is what we’re talking about here. So that development and growth lead is your career and impact and laugh is your fun and hobbies and spontaneity in all those crazy things you can do.

So, certainly, if you have your own business, and certainly if you’re a leader in an organization, your job description has to include learning and staying in touch with, again, market trends is not really where I’m too fussed about, of course, we can learn that we can, you know, read those updates and so on, but rather, where is the future of work going?

What are other companies doing with em hybrid and so on? And how is my you know, how is coaching evolving technology in this space? And what do people need, ask for feedback from your own clients? Find those mentors and peers around you and so on. But really find a way okay. In fact, every year when you set your goals for the year, you can decide okay, what is your goal in that learn category? Right? So is it this year, I had an or psych organization, how cool Am I shortening it Organizational Psychology course that I did online. During COVID, I did a positive psychology course. Otherwise, it can be books, it can be being in a coaching program, mentoring program. You know, whatever it is that you want to focus on, sometimes it could be sales skills, sometimes it could be showing up on video, sometimes it could be therapy, but there are different areas for you to learn and grow as a human, as a professional as an expert. As a business owner, as a leader, maybe it’s a mental health first aid, of course, you want to do a course on psychological safety for your team, you know, always be looking for those both formal and informal learning opportunities, having a mentor, getting the feedback, again, you know, the 360 feedback that that we always get in corporate, I hope you get to maybe you don’t get it yet in your startup, or in your business, working for yourself. So look for ways that you can still get that kind of feedback, literally and metaphorically, as it were. So you can continue to see your blind spots to have that self awareness, which we talked about last month, and to understand where your opportunities for growth are. So that’s all around growth mindset. We’ve only got a couple more episodes in this series of thinking like an entrepreneur, we’ve got ownership and accountability next week, and then resilience as well to finish things off. So hope you’ve been enjoying the series. Maybe you’ve been dipping in and out, but we’ll be talking about ownership and individual accountability next week. That’s an important one for me as well. See you then. Bye for now.


Let us help you design a business and a life that gives you freedom from the 9 to 5. There are several options for how you can work with us. Choose the programme that’s right for you.

The Outsiders Business Incubator

A year-long business incubator for experienced corporate professionals who want to translate their skills and passions into a profitable and fulfilling business. onestepoutside.com/9to5

The Outsiders Business Accelerator

An ongoing mastermind for service-based business owners, freelancers and online entrepreneurs who are ready to achieve success on their own terms. onestepoutside.com/accelerate

The Outsiders Business Academy

A self-paced course for you to work through in your own time, to learn – and implement – the foundations of building a profitable business that lets you escape the 9 to 5. onestepoutside.com/course

1:1 Coaching & Mentoring

If you’re looking for one-to-one support to help you achieve your specific life and business goals, Anna has a limited number of spots for individual coaching and mentoring. onestepoutside.com/coaching

Escaping the 9 to 5

Join our Facebook group to meet a community of like-minded would-be escapees as they work on redefining and achieving success on their terms.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You might also like

“Everything you’ve ever
wanted is one step outside
your comfort zone.”

Book a free consultation

Get on the phone with Anna to discuss your unique goals and situation to determine the best programme for you, so you can start taking action towards creating the business and lifestyle you desire.

Get a free assessment of your business

Download this scorecard to review where you are on each of the 5 pillars of building a life outside of the 9 to 5, and get clear action steps to help you fill the gaps.

We will use and protect your data in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Looking to grow your expert business?

Download this FREE Business Assessment to identify the gaps that are preventing your growth so that you can take actionable steps towards building a more successful and sustainable business.

We will use and protect your data in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Download the brochure

Find out more about our flagship mentoring programme for experienced professionals who want to translate their skills and experience into a profitable business that brings them more freedom, flexibility, and fulfilment.

We will use and protect your data in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how One Step Outside uses and protects any information that you give One Step Outside when you use this website (https://onestepoutside.com/).

One Step Outside is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

One Step Outside may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

What information we collect and why

We only ever collect the information that we need in order to serve you.

Generally, this just means collecting your first name and email address that you enter, for example, when you request a resource, register for a webinar, or submit a message via a contact form.

If you are a paying customer, we also collect your billing information including your last name and your postal address.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact forms

We use Gravity Forms to allow you to contact us via the website. We will use the information you submit for the sole purpose of that specific form and will explicitly ask you to provide your consent to allow us to do so.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Advertising and Analytics


We use Google Analytics to track and optimise performance on this site as well as embedding video content from YouTube, and this means that your web browser automatically sends certain information to Google. This includes the URL of the page that you’re visiting and your IP address. Google may also set cookies on your browser or read cookies that are already there. Apps that use Google advertising services also share information with Google, such as the name of the app and a unique identifier for advertising.

Google uses the information shared by sites and apps to deliver our services, maintain and improve them, develop new services, measure the effectiveness of advertising, protect against fraud and abuse and personalise content and ads that you see on Google and on our partners’ sites and apps. See their Privacy Policy to learn more about how they process data for each of these purposes, and their Advertising page for more about Google ads, how your information is used in the context of advertising and how long Google stores this information.


We use the conversion tracking and custom audiences via the Facebook pixel on our website. This allows user behaviour to be tracked after they have been redirected to our website by clicking on a Facebook ad and enables us to measure the effectiveness of our Facebook ads. The data collected in this way is anonymous to us, i.e. we do not see the personal data of individual users. However, this data is stored and processed by Facebook, who may link this information to your Facebook account and also use it for its own promotional purposes, in accordance with Facebook’s Data Usage Policy https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.

You can allow Facebook and its partners to place ads on and off Facebook. A cookie may also be stored on your computer for these purposes. You can revoke your permission directly on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences/?entry_product=ad_settings_screen. For more guidance on opting out you can also consult http://www.aboutads.info/choices.

Who we share your data with

We use a number of third parties to provide us with services which are necessary to run our business or to assist us with running our business and who process your information for us on our behalf. These include a hosting and email provider (Siteground), mailing list provider (GetResponse), and a payment provider (Stripe).

Your information will be shared with these service providers only where necessary to enable us to run our business.

How long we maintain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

The main reason for collecting this information is to be able to send you resources, updates and, sometimes, information and products and services, as well as for internal record keeping.

The rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

How we protect your data

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure.

Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password that lets you access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential and we ask you not to share a password with anyone.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Links to other websites

Our website contains links to other websites. This privacy policy only applies to this website so once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Changes to our privacy policy

We keep our privacy policy under regular review. Initially created on 18th November 2016, it was last updated on 23rd May 2018 to be compliant with GDPR.

Contact information

If you have any questions or concerns related to your privacy, you can get in touch here >>