I was writing this down to remind me what works when I achieve things.
Step 1: try
Step 2: have you tried harder?
Step 3: when I doubt, follow steps 1 and 2.
Yes, this is learnable. I used to stop at step 1 or find excuses to procrastinate.
And if you want to develop a growth mindset, just build better corrective feedback loops.
People favor saying what they think you want to hear. It’s not their fault. Ensure the feedback loop includes negative feedback (or radical candor), even for things you are emotional about.
Nobody makes something great by giving another impactful presentation or building a one-pager deck.
Put yourself out there: fail -> keep learning -> grow.
A final note: for some of the things you want to learn, don’t rely on the current company to pay for knowledge or provide opportunities. Pay it out of your pocket and make the next company compensate for the new skills.