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The Secret Relationship Between Cardi B and Joel Embiid

During this COVID-19 pandemic you have a lot of time to think. One thing I have thought about is what it takes to be an explorer and excel beyond the norm. I started to think about individuals such as Esteban Dorantes, James Beckwourth, Jean Du Sable, Matthew Henson, and Mae Jemison. These individuals were not only willing to change but also open minded to becoming the first in their area exploration.

Research on so many levels suggests that people are often not willing to change. One reason they are not willing to change is because they do not know how or why it is important. They do not know the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. A fixed mindset is when an individual is complacent and does not want to seek and find new ways to progress. It is when they are comfortable with being comfortable. Psychologist, Carol Dweck suggests those that are unwilling to change are satisfied with thinking that intelligence and personal characteristics are deep-seated traits that are set and unlikely to change. In other words, they are not committed to growing. They are not like Joel Embiid and “trust the process”.

If you are not familiar with this NBA All-Star, Joel constantly tells Philadelphia 76ers fans to trust the process of the team transforming into an NBA champion caliber team. Joel’s message is a clear example a person with a growth mindset. A growth mindset is when people believe that they have the ability to learn and improve. It is when you think like Cardi B and understand that 9 times out of 10 whatever happens in your live you are going to learn and grow. For example, Cardi says even if she attempts to pursue something and fails; it is not a loss but a lesson.

By and large, change can only happen when you are willing to make it. Therefore, I challenge you to make a change and adopt a growth mindset because a successful person has the habit of doing the things failures do not like to do.

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