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Eduardo Briceño on Break Free from the Performance Paradox

In this episode of Passion Struck, I sit down with Eduardo Briceño, co-founder of Mindset Works and author of “The Performance Paradox.” Eduardo shares his journey from a successful career in venture capital to discovering the power of a growth mindset and intentional living. They discuss the importance of stepping back and reflecting on our highest goals, the value of embracing the learning zone, and the strategies for continuous improvement. Join us as we delve into the mindset shifts necessary to break free from the chronic performance trap and unlock our full potential.

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The learning zone is when we go into the unknown when we explore what other people think that we might not know. When we ask questions. When we listen. When we experiment. When we don’t just disregard our mistakes but think about our mistakes and reflect on our mistakes.

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Breaking Free from the Performance Paradox: Insights from Eduardo Briceño

Eduardo Briceño challenges the belief that working harder leads to greater success. He introduces the concept of the chronic performance trap, which is when relentless hard work results in exhaustion and dissatisfaction. Briceño shares strategies from successful individuals and companies for achieving peak performance while staying true to one’s purpose. He discusses the importance of intentional living, learning while doing, and embracing mistakes as opportunities for growth.

By reflecting on our highest goals, challenging misconceptions about growth mindset, and creating white space for creativity, we can unlock our full potential. Eduardo’s journey from introvert to accomplished public speaker serves as a reminder that growth and improvement are within reach for anyone willing to embrace the learning zone. As we learn from the strategies of individuals like Beyonce, we can cultivate a mindset of continuous improvement and make a meaningful impact in our lives and the world around us.

In this episode, you will discover how to:

  • The importance of reflecting regularly on your highest goals and how to pursue them
  • The concept of a growth mindset and the belief that humans can change and develop
  • The distinction between the learning zone and the performance zone in order to improve
  • The value of exploring, playing, and tinkering with new things to foster creativity and innovation
  • The strategies used by top performers like Beyonce, such as deliberate practice and experimentation
  • The need to create white space in our working environments to prioritize creativity and innovation
  • And much, much more!
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The Power of Reflection and Goal Setting: Eduardo emphasizes the importance of regularly reflecting on our highest goals and aspirations. By stepping back from our daily tasks and to-do lists, we can gain clarity on what truly matters to us and how we can improve in those areas. He suggests creating a “life foca,” a one-page document that outlines our core values and intentions, serving as a guide for our actions and decisions.

Challenging the Growth Mindset Misconceptions: Eduardo clarifies the common misunderstandings about growth mindset, a concept popularized by psychologist Carol Dweck. He highlights that a growth mindset is not just about working hard or persevering but rather a belief that humans can change and develop. By embracing this perspective, we become more open to learning, asking questions, experimenting, and examining our mistakes. Eduardo emphasizes the importance of differentiating between the learning zone and the performance zone, where true improvement and innovation occur.

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Eduardo’s Journey to Public Speaking: Surprisingly, Eduardo shares that he was once an extreme introvert and never imagined himself as a public speaker. However, through his work with Mindset Works and the need to spread the message of a growth mindset, he found himself stepping out of his comfort zone. With practice and continuous improvement, Eduardo discovered a passion for public speaking and honed his skills through experimentation, feedback, and a focus on serving his audience.

Creating White Space for Creativity and Innovation: Eduardo echoes the sentiments of other thought leaders, such as Susan Cain, who advocate for creating white space in our lives and workplaces. By allowing time for exploration, curiosity, and play, we open ourselves up to new ideas and connections. Eduardo encourages individuals to challenge the habit of being solely focused on performance and instead embrace the learning zone, where innovation and creativity thrive.

Learning from Beyonce’s Approach: Eduardo draws inspiration from Beyonce’s relentless pursuit of improvement. Despite her incredible talent and success, Beyonce constantly seeks opportunities to enhance her skills. She reviews performances, seeks feedback, and practices specific areas that need improvement. By adopting a similar mindset, we can strive for excellence and continuous growth in our own endeavors.

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  • Eduardo Bracino co-founded Mindset Works, an organization that helps schools foster a growth mindset culture. You can learn more about their work on their website.
  • Eduardo Bracino’s TEDx Talk titled “How to Get Better at the Things You Care About.
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About Today’s Guest, Eduardo Briceño

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Eduardo Briceño is a co-founder of Mindset Works, an organization that helps schools foster a growth mindset culture. He has worked alongside renowned psychology professor Carol Dweck and has been at the forefront of transforming Fortune 500 companies into environments that foster a growth mindset. Eduardo is also a public speaker and author, with his book “Performance Paradox: Turning the Power of Mindset into Action” being recently released. He has given a popular TEDx talk titled “How to Get Better at the Things You Care About” which has been viewed over 9 million times.

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