World Leading Mindset Expert: How To Reach Your Full Potential - Matthew Syed | E84

Last updated: Jun 2, 2023

The video is an interview with Matthew Syed, a mindset expert, discussing how to reach your full potential and defining success beyond tangible objectives.

The video features an interview with Matthew Syed, a world-leading mindset expert, who discusses how to reach your full potential. He explains the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, and how having a growth mindset can help individuals maximize their potential. Syed also talks about the importance of diverse thinking, challenging leadership, and taking action on ideas. The interview touches on the definition of success, which Syed believes is subjective and can be defined by worthwhile challenges and human interaction. He also critiques the narrow definition of success in western capitalist societies, which focuses solely on financial wealth.

  • Fixed mindset believes success is all about talent, while growth mindset believes talent is a factor but not enough.
  • Maximizing one's potential is more important than being the best in the world.
  • Leadership is important for innovation, and Amazon's approach to meetings allows for unvarnished access to insights from the team.
  • Matthew Syed is a mindset expert who evangelizes diverse thinking, challenging leadership, and challenging oneself.
  • Success is subjective and can be defined as striving for a worthwhile challenge with people you love.
  • Social interaction, making a positive impact, and intrinsic goals are key to happiness and fulfillment.
  • The obsession with fame is dangerous and can lead to a lack of purpose.
  • Toastmasters is a global network of public speaking clubs that helps people develop their public speaking skills and gain confidence.
  • Maximizing your own potential and going on a journey that has meaning is satisfying.

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Fixed vs Growth Mindset

  • In a fixed mindset, people believe that success is all about talent.
  • In a growth mindset, people believe that talent is a factor, but it's not enough.
  • Maximizing one's potential is more important than being the best in the world.
  • Leadership counts when it comes to innovation.
  • Amazon's approach to conducting meetings allows for unvarnished access to insights from the team.
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Introduction to Matthew Syed

  • Matthew Syed is a mindset expert who has written thought-provoking books on self-development, team building, leadership, and more.
  • His ideas come from the world of sports, business, politics, writing, culture, and society.
  • He evangelizes about diverse thinking, challenging leadership, and challenging oneself.
  • He talks about how some of the most talented people in the world can fall short of their potential.
  • He encourages people to act on their ideas and not be imprisoned by their own mindset.
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Defining Success

  • Success is more elusive and subjective in life beyond sports.
  • It is difficult to define what success means personally.
  • Success can be defined as striving for a worthwhile challenge with people you love.
  • Challenge is integral to being motivated and fulfilled.
  • Community and human interaction are important aspects of success.
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Narrow Definition of Success

  • The narrow way that success has been defined in western capitalist societies is deeply mistaken.
  • Success is not just about how much money you have in your bank account.
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The Power of Making a Difference

  • Social interaction is key to happiness and fulfillment.
  • Making a positive impact on someone's life is a powerful motivator.
  • Money is less significant than the feedback and meaning behind one's work.
  • Helping others is a deep and significant human quality.
  • Humans have a competitive advantage due to their sociality.
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The Danger of Obsessing Over Fame

  • Many people today aspire to be famous without a clear goal or purpose.
  • Fame should be a byproduct of pursuing something intrinsically important.
  • The obsession with fame is a danger to culture.
  • Speaking should be a byproduct of pursuing something important, not the goal itself.
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The Evolution of Human Sociality

  • Humans have a greater extent of sociality than any other species except insects like ants.
  • Our ancestors had a competitive advantage due to their sociality.
  • Sharing knowledge and ideas is a key aspect of human sociality.
  • Individualism was the goal of political life after the Enlightenment.
  • Humans lived in tighter, more socially connected groups than Neanderthals.
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The Importance of Pursuing Intrinsic Goals

  • Aspirations have changed over time, with many people today aspiring to be famous.
  • The obsession with fame is dangerous and can lead to a lack of purpose.
  • Fame should be a byproduct of pursuing something intrinsically important.
  • Public speaking should be a byproduct of pursuing something important, not the goal itself.
  • The pursuit of intrinsic goals leads to fulfillment and success beyond tangible objectives.
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Writing a Book and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

  • Matthew Syed wrote a book called Bounce in 2010.
  • He was invited to give a speech at a big corporation, which made him feel like an imposter.
  • He realized that he needed to develop his public speaking skills.
  • He found a global network of public speaking clubs called Toastmasters.
  • Toastmasters helped him develop his public speaking skills and gain confidence.
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The Importance of Mindset

  • Matthew Syed talks about the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.
  • People with a fixed mindset believe that success is all about talent and genetic inheritance.
  • People with a growth mindset believe that talent is a factor, but it's not enough.
  • People with a fixed mindset may think they're so talented that they don't need to try, or they may give up after one failure.
  • People with a growth mindset maximize their own potential and try to be the best they can be.
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Maximizing Your Potential

  • Matthew Syed believes that trying to be the best you can be is a good definition of success.
  • Not everyone can be the best in the world, but everyone can try to be the best they can be.
  • Maximizing your own potential and going on a journey that has meaning is satisfying.
  • It's important to have a can-do attitude and a growth mindset.
  • Developing skills and taking advantage of opportunities can help you reach your full potential.
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The Benefits of Toastmasters

  • Toastmasters is a global network of public speaking clubs.
  • Toastmasters helps people develop their public speaking skills and gain confidence.
  • Toastmasters provides feedback and mentoring to help people improve.
  • Table topics is a part of Toastmasters where people spontaneously talk for a minute on a given topic.
  • Toastmasters is a great way to overcome imposter syndrome and develop a growth mindset.
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The Journey Towards Success

  • The journey towards being the best at something that has meaning to you is important.
  • The journey is more important than the destination.
  • Winning a competition or achieving a long-cherished ambition can lead to a sense of anti-climax.
  • People who make money quickly can face depression because they don't have anything left to pursue in life.
  • High-performance athletes and business people find joy in the training and small improvements through time.
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The Paradox of Achieving Ambitions

  • People who achieve long-cherished ambitions can feel a sense of emptiness and lose orientation in their life.
  • Winning a gold medal or becoming a millionaire can lead to depression.
  • People who win lotteries can end up in depression and their marriages can end.
  • Having an ambition is what gets people out of bed in the morning.
  • When people achieve their ambitions, they need to find something else that will galvanize them.
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The Antidote to the Curse of Perfectionism

  • The curse of perfectionism is the fear of failure and the inability to bear the loss of self-esteem.
  • Social media has exacerbated the curse of perfectionism.
  • People need to be aware of the curse of perfectionism and take a step back to find something else that will galvanize them.
  • People who are risk-averse tend not to reach their potential.
  • Failure is an essential part of the journey towards success.
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The Importance of Taking a Step Back

  • People who are busy tend not to take enough time to take a step back and appreciate what has happened.
  • People need to be in the moment when something is happening with their children or partner.
  • Failure is an opportunity to learn and grow.
  • People need to learn from their experiences and be open to learning from others.
  • The podcast is an opportunity to learn from others and share experiences.
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Perfectionism and Fixed Mindset

  • People on social media present their lives as perfect and successful.
  • This creates a problematic idea that success is about looking and acting perfect.
  • Trying something new is inherently a risk and may not be perfect the first time.
  • If people fail or don't try at all, they draw the conclusion that they are not talented enough.
  • Reality television promotes the idea of instant success and gratification.
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Incremental Steps and Failing Fast

  • Young people think that success is instant and don't realize the incremental steps needed to fulfill their potential.
  • Most businesses succeed by testing the value proposition early and making adaptations.
  • In Silicon Valley, they call it failing fast to get to a better answer.
  • If you stop the first time you fail or don't try at all, you will never get to an answer.
  • Scientists are willing to test their hypotheses and change them in the light of evidence.
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Comfort Zone and Failure

  • If young people are obsessed with looking perfect, it destroys their capacity to grow and have a life of fulfillment.
  • The only way never to fail is never to try, but then your life is a failure.
  • Founders who are romantic about their hypothesis being correct and not the outcome fail in their businesses.
  • Some scientists fall in love with their theories and can't adapt them.
  • The highest reputation forecasters who make the worst predictions are those who defend their prior assumptions.
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Mutual Hypothesis Testing

  • Meetings are the forum in which most key decisions are made in businesses.
  • No one person has a monopoly on truth, so it's important to talk to other people.
  • Meetings can be ineffective if people think that when someone challenges them, they're insulting them.
  • People should think of meetings as mutual hypothesis testing to collectively get to the best answer.
  • Intelligent highly talented people in a fixed mindset are inveterate obstacles to making the changes needed for success.
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Challenging Dynamics in Meetings

  • Challenging ideas and dissent can be stigmatized in meetings.
  • People may hold back from speaking up due to fear of looking foolish or offending the leader.
  • In a hierarchical organization, people may say what the leader wants to hear instead of their true thoughts.
  • In complex decisions, the leader needs to hear different perspectives to make a better judgment.
  • In aviation, communication breakdowns due to hierarchical dynamics have led to disasters.
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The Importance of Team Dynamics

  • Team dynamics are crucial in complex decisions that confer a competitive advantage on a business.
  • In aviation, communication breakdowns due to hierarchical dynamics have led to disasters.
  • Team members have different perspectives and information, and no one person has all the information.
  • Direct communication and testing hypotheses are crucial for making the right strategic decisions.
  • Code language and mitigated speech can lead to misunderstandings and critical information being missed.
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The Growth Mindset

  • The growth mindset is the belief that abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work.
  • The fixed mindset is the belief that abilities are innate and cannot be changed.
  • The growth mindset leads to a desire to learn and improve, while the fixed mindset leads to a fear of failure and a desire to prove oneself.
  • The growth mindset is crucial for reaching one's full potential and achieving success beyond tangible objectives.
  • The growth mindset can be developed through deliberate practice and embracing challenges and failures.
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The Power of Deliberate Practice

  • Deliberate practice is a focused and intentional effort to improve one's skills.
  • Deliberate practice involves breaking down complex skills into smaller components and practicing each component individually.
  • Feedback is crucial for deliberate practice, as it helps identify areas for improvement.
  • Deliberate practice is not always enjoyable, but it is necessary for achieving mastery.
  • Deliberate practice can be applied to any skill, from sports to music to business.
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Importance of Psychological Safety

  • In surgical operating theaters, nurses often can't speak up because they're worried about the surgeon's authority.
  • Randomized control trial evidence shows that meetings are often a disaster because people are not sharing information and are playing a political game to curry favor with the boss.
  • You need psychological safety, which means an environment where everyone feels they can be candid and say what they really think.
  • Psychological safety was the biggest predictor of success in Google's most successful software development teams.
  • Psychological safety allows for an interplay of ideas that is important for success.
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The Paradox of Big Companies and Innovation

  • Big companies are often the least innovative, despite having more brains and ideas.
  • The number of ideas, not the number of people, generates good ideas.
  • Homogenous cultures with commanding control and sociological convergence can lead to a lack of innovation.
  • Startups can be more innovative because they have diverse ideas.
  • A culture of diversity is needed to anticipate future disruptions and come up with new ideas.
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The Importance of Diversity

  • The most important thing is landing the argument as to why diversity matters.
  • Cognitive diversity of opinion doesn't help in simple activities where it's obvious what to do.
  • When there's a complex environment, cognitive diversity matters.
  • If your mission is to solve complex problems, diversity is the cornerstone of how well you do it.
  • Once you land the argument, people start to value diverse ideas that enable an organization to anticipate future disruptions and come up with new ideas.
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Diversity and Harnessing Different Perspectives

  • Diverse voices are often condescended to and not properly included in organizations.
  • Organizations need to realize that diversity is a strength and harness it to achieve great things.
  • Organizations often don't know what they don't know and what they don't have.
  • Context matters when it comes to hiring diverse perspectives.
  • Demographic diversity is critical for organizations like the CIA to understand emerging threats.
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Optimizing Diverse Insights

  • Be creative about how you optimize the diverse insights that can help you do the job you want to do.
  • For an advertising team, demographic diversity may not be critical if they only want to sell to white men.
  • For a team of economic forecasters, highly accurate individual forecasters whose models generate diverse predictions are needed.
  • Tools can be used to make diversity work, such as the wisdom of the crowds.
  • Innovative organizations are figuring out what they don't know and plugging their blind spots.
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Innovation and Disruption

  • As organizations scale, they often become less innovative and complacent.
  • Getting teams to disrupt themselves becomes increasingly difficult.
  • Failure is not incentivized in big organizations.
  • Having an innovation team can help make innovation everyone's job.
  • Parameters of a team that innovates include bandwidth, diversity, and a culture that encourages experimentation and learning from failure.
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Conclusion

  • Diversity is a strength that organizations need to harness to achieve great things.
  • Optimizing diverse insights can help organizations do the job they want to do.
  • Innovation and disruption are important for organizations to stay competitive.
  • Having an innovation team and a culture that encourages experimentation and learning from failure can help organizations innovate.
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The Importance of Innovation

  • Legal firms that don't leverage machine learning and AI will be out of business in a decade.
  • Thinking about how to do things differently and better is crucial for success.
  • One competitor can innovate and put you out of the game.
  • It's important to spare bandwidth for the question of innovation.
  • Innovation often means a change in personnel, which can be tough for big organizations.
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Leadership and Innovation

  • Big advertising groups like WPP and Publicis have been around for a hundred years doing advertising.
  • People in executive teams have been there for 20-30 years and are threatened by social media.
  • The threat of having to replace oneself often means going down with the Titanic.
  • Leadership counts when it comes to innovation.
  • Jeff Bezos's letters to shareholders are all about experimentation and unbelievable commitment.
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Sustaining Innovation

  • Amazon is a good case study of how to sustain innovation.
  • Leadership counts when it comes to sustaining innovation.
  • Amazon conducts meetings in a way that ensures they sustain innovation.
  • Amazon will probably struggle, but they've done well so far.
  • Leadership is crucial for sustaining innovation.
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Learning Social Media

  • Matthew Syed is bewildered by social media and doesn't have a nuanced understanding of it.
  • He's never been on Facebook and his tweets are rubbish.
  • Learning social media is similar to learning public speaking.
  • Just start doing it and learn from your mistakes.
  • It's important to summarize what you know about social media and how to engage with it.
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Learning Social Media

  • Learning social media requires playing with the toy as often as possible.
  • Creating a social media page related to something you're interested in puts you in the trenches and in a growth moment.
  • Becoming a master of social media requires constant practice and iteration.
  • There are ten updates to the top four social media apps every single week.
  • Life has to be giving you a reason to show up every day and perform iterative tests which give you feedback.
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Iterative Feedback Loop

  • The real savior for becoming a social media expert is getting iterative feedback.
  • Creating an internal group where everyone shares everything they know about social media is helpful.
  • Sharing new updates and changes in social media with employees every day keeps brands at the forefront of what's possible.
  • Running a personal brand on social media allows for constant learning and iteration.
  • Iterative feedback is the pattern of learning in pretty much all fields of life.
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Outsourcing Social Media

  • Outsourcing social media to a brilliant person is possible, but there are many charlatans and snake oil salesmen in the industry.
  • Learning one or two channels of social media can have a tremendous impact on your business.
  • Twitter, LinkedIn, and Medium are good channels for writers to learn.
  • Using social media every other day is necessary to learn and improve.
  • Twitter and LinkedIn can have an exponential impact on your business.
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Social Media's Impact on the World

  • The impact of social media on the world is mixed.
  • Social media has allowed for the democratization of information and the amplification of voices.
  • However, social media has also led to the spread of misinformation and the amplification of hate speech.
  • It's important to use social media responsibly and to be aware of its potential negative impacts.
  • Overall, social media can be a force for good in the world if used properly.
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