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“I’m not a math person.”

“I can’t draw.”

“I’m just not the organized type.”

Statements like these might sound familiar—you can probably call to mind a few of your own. Though these thoughts can certainly fall into the realm of negative self-talk, they’re not always negative. Sometimes, in fact, we consider them a form of self-knowledge, as a recognition of our boundaries. I’m good at this, but not that.

There’s nothing wrong with recognizing our limitations. In a professional setting, doing so can help us delegate more effectively or land us in a job best suited to our skills and interests. However, sometimes these beliefs—let’s call them “limiting beliefs”—hold us back from potential areas of growth. Sometimes, they even keep us from pursuing what we truly want in our careers.

Fighting the fixed mindset


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