Whether you are man or woman the best way for you to succeed in life is not the environment that surrounds you but what is actually inside you.
Having the right mindset is good all across the board. Whether that be parenting or trying to get ahead in a male dominated office. If you put your head to it you are capable of achieving incredible things.
Firstly, you cannot crucify yourself over a mistake, nor should you fear making a mistake. If we look to Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychologist, advocated the idea of the growth mindset. Those who embrace their failures have a growth mindset - this is a person who is resilient in the face of failure and sees failing as a learning tool. Those who chastise themselves for making a mistake have a fixed mindset. This mindset sees people grow fearful of making a mistake and as such, do not take the necessary risks to succeed.
So for a woman in the workplace it is imperative that you do not beat yourself up over a mistake. Failing is a necessary evil of everyday life, it is a way of evolving. Every time you fail you learn something new, something that cannot be done with playing it safe. Calculated risks ladies, take them and you can fly in any endeavour.
Patrick Fagan recently wrote a piece for the website MyWinningPersonality talking about the importance of openness, speaking off the correlation between those with an open mind and higher crystallized intelligence (general knowledge). Those who approach things with an open mind usually see their creative output increase significantly and their ability to solve problems should also increase. Approaching things with an open mind is evidently good for any women with a career. Open-mindedness is far easier for females to achieve than their male counterparts. So by exploiting open-minded thinking females can give themselves a natural advantage.
If you are to get to a point in your career where you are faced with a life changing career choice you may want to draw inspiration from the Ancient Greeks. Back then, the armies of the Greeks would burn the boats once they arrived in an alien country, meaning that they can only go one way - forward. Now that’s not say you sever every bridge if you are moving to a different city for a job, but, it does mean you do not dwell on the past. You look ahead and move in that direction. The only time the fear of failure is going to subside is when you realise that it is not going to save you. Burning bridges is how you do that.
All these breed confidence, which is the ultimate trait to have in one’s self. Confidence spreads. People can be lifted by your presence which in turn would increase productivity. If you’re the reason that productivity is going up then you become indispensable for who you work for.
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