Mindset is More Important than Talent or Ability

“For twenty years, my research has shown that the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value.”

― Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Let’s start discussing mindset by considering two questions:

  • Question 1: Can your intelligence and personality be developed, or is it a fixed, deep-seated trait?

  • Question 2: Are mindsets a permanent part of your makeup, or can you change them?

Experience, training, and personal effort can take you to another level of personal development. The view you adopt for yourself can profoundly affect how you lead your life and the person you were created to be. You will discover that mindsets are just powerful beliefs and that the brain is like a muscle; it can change and become stronger the more you use it and learn.

The Science of Neuroplasticity

The science of neuroplasticity studies your brain’s ability to continually change itself—who you will become and how successful you’ll be, will be less up to your upbringing or the circumstances of your life, and more up to the wiring you decide to create in your own brain. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to re-organize itself, both physically and functionally. The message of neuroplasticity is that the brain can change!

Science is proving to us today that every created being, whether in South America, Africa, India, China, Russia, Iraq, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, United States, has the capacity for lifelong learning and brain development. It doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor, born into privilege or in the slums, whether you have white, black, red, yellow, or brown skin, or what your IQ or SAT scores are—you can grow, learn, and become the person you want to be. Nothing is set in stone. If you choose to become the person God created you to be, then none of the above factors should hold you back.

Experience, training, and effort can take people to a higher level of personal development. The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects how you lead your life and the person you want to become.

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)

I was raised in a family where my father was the first person in his family to graduate from college. Going to college was emphasized a lot in our home. My sister has done very well for herself, getting her master's degree. My daughter has her master's degree as well. For some reason, going to college had minimal appeal to me. I consider myself a self-made man. I have developed myself over the years through reading hundreds of books and attending seminars and workshops on personal development, self-help, sales, business, health, money, relationships, spiritual things, etc. I have lived a very diverse and interesting life with my occupations. I have become an author, a business owner, a business and life coach to others, a Senior Pastor, and an evangelist. Though I have made plenty of mistakes and poor choices that had negative consequences, I don’t see myself as any less or any better than someone who has a college degree or higher education. My education came through the belief that I could become and be whatever I wanted to be, learn and develop new skills, and teach myself through experience how to do the things that would bring me to where I am today.

I tell you this because I felt very guilty and inferior for years because I did not have a college degree. I had this fixed mindset that I could only become so much of what I wanted to be without a college education. Now, I can see my path was definitely th