The Importance of a Growth Mindset for Virtual AssistantsMay 24, 2021
Henry Ford said it best, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
That sums up mindset pretty simply.
We hear a lot about mindset and know that we should have a positive one.
Did you know there are two types of mindset? I’m not talking about positive and negative. I’m talking about a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset.
Let’s discuss the importance of a growth mindset for Virtual Assistants and some tips to developing a growth mindset.
Carol Dweck is a professor of psychology at Stanford University. She is a researcher and has authored several books, including Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
She found that some individuals believe their talents can be developed through hard work, good strategies, and input from others. This is a growth mindset.
On the other hand, someone with a fixed mindset believes that their qualities are fixed and can not be changed.
No surprise, she found that the people with a growth mindset put more effort into learning and are less concerned about looking smart. Therefore, they achieve more than those with a fixed mindset.
How does someone develop a growth mindset as a Virtual Assistant?
1. They are purpose-driven.
Understanding your purpose is as important as determining your niche. Why do you want to create your Virtual Assistant business? Most likely, you want to do what you love for people who need support.
2. They become an expert in their niche.
That is why I offer certification as a Virtual Expert® in my training program. When you specialize and truly niche down in one area, you know all you can about that area. This specialization sets you apart from Virtual Assistants who do not understand your niche. You become the “go-to” person.
3. They are accountable.
A person with a growth mindset is accountable to themselves and the people they work with. They do what they say they are going to do when they say they are going to do it. If they make a mistake, they don’t try to lay the blame on someone else.
4. They put in the time and effort.
Creating your own Virtual Assistant/Expert® business isn’t always easy. It takes time….it takes effort. You have to put in the time to build the foundation of your business and market yourself. People are not going to knock on your door because you have a website. You need to reach out and make things happen.
5. They don’t beat themselves up.
Mistakes happen. You need to learn what you can and continue moving forward. A growth-minded individual has the self-awareness to know what they can control and what they can’t control in any given situation. Assess what happened and what you could have done differently. And then, as they say, Don’t look back; you aren’t heading that way.
Developing a growth mindset is a must for anyone who is considering the entrepreneurship journey. A growth mindset is part of the foundation you need to establish for your virtual assistant business.
With a growth mindset, I have no doubt you will be a success!
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