Dweck and talks about “growth mindset”. It’s a simple yet profound idea that we can in fact “grow” our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems and creating a paradigm shift in traditional education methods of evaluation and teaching.
His truest gift I believe was his voice. He gave his voice to the insanity of war in Good Morning Vietnam. He gave his voice to single dads in Mrs. Doubtfire while making most of us pee our pants with laughter. His voice stood for the culture shocked immigrant in Moscow on the Hudson. His voice rekindled our inner-child with Hook, Popeye, Jack, Jumanji and Aladdin. Courageous enough to take on unpopular roles his voice stood for the disenfranchised and homeless in the Fisherking, Mental health was a recurring theme as he lent his voice to the Awakenings
Elie Wiesel wrote this articles opening quote. He was a survivor of the Nazi death camps of WWII. The law of averages suggests that he should not have survived. The law of survivor averages further suggests that he should have been bitter, vengeful, and insane from the horror he lived through as an impressionable young person but instead he became a prolific and celebrated author of stories filled with the triumph and resilience of the human spirit, surviving the darkness of humanity.
So often we make decisions from fear and worry especially when it comes to taking a leadership role. I too have had times where I questioned whether or not I should take a leadership position because I was so worried about being judged. But I realized that worrying so much about the opinions of others stops me from being ME! I knew I had to start letting go of the what ifs’.