If you’ve been reading my blog posts over the past few weeks, you already know how excited I get when I talk about growth – the metric of success for a business.
Everyone can benefit from developing a growth mindset. A growth mindset is a belief that your hard work and dedication will lead to success. Many successful people I have met along the way hold three virtues – patience, change, and perseverance
That’s why I find the Moso tree story ever so inspiring. With persistent efforts, focus and patience, you will witness the most rewarding growth. To possess a growth mindset, I believe that learning takes time, willingness to change, learn and develop. At Strata Plan, we use patience when things are challenging.
Here’s the truth: the journey will always be difficult and stressful; there is nothing we can do to change that. We can, however, embrace the change and run towards it.
Do not fear change. Instead, see it from the perspective of a lobster This majestic sea creature never stops transforming and evolving, leaving its shell behind in the process of growth and change for the better. When I feel like I’m straying away from a growth mindset- I remember the story of the lobster.
Michael Phelps needs no introduction. He is one of the most successful and most celebrated Olympians of all time. But there is always a great story behind the glory, and his is perseverance. Not one to easily quit after failures, he got back up and fought harder each time. Perseverance is persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. It’s believing that despite obstacles and challenges, success is just around the corner. It’s powering through and never giving up.
Collective Courage and Care
As a proud AFL supporter, nothing lifts my spirits more than the collective courage displayed by the Richmond Football players from ‘The Wounded Tiger’. Their drought-breaking premiership didn’t happen overnight. The players cared deeply for one another and they trained like family. It took bravery, tireless work, and trust from every player in the team. It is a heart-warming true tale of collective courage and care – spirits that we try to embody as a team to build and grow as a business.
Results tend to show when you practice patience and perseverance, change, and adapt with your team with collective courage – it’s just a matter of time. There is no shortcut to the top. We can all start right now, from one virtue, one habit, one person.
Our Learning and Development Manager, who loves acronyms, have summarised this into Strata Plan’s 3Ps and 4Cs: Learn the virtues from nature – Patience from the Moso tree and change from the lobster.
Keep practicing Perseverance from Michael Phelps. As a team, like the Richmond Tigers, strive for Collective Courage and Care for your colleagues and, most importantly – your customers! Finally, Performance will be around the corner, and success will follow.
It’s been a good series, and I’m looking forward to sharing more.