Examine your beliefs: Bromberg’s Leadership on Acid Part Three

Examine your beliefs: Bromberg’s Leadership on Acid Part Three


Last night, I thought my trackpad on my laptop died. It just stopped working. I started to feel like I had some curse with electronics because, despite taking great care of whatever device I own, things have been going wrong. My smartphone is basically a piece of crap now, when it boots up normally, I feel like I won the lottery. So, new smartphone is being shipped to me. The AC adapter on my laptop just stopped working, I went and bought a new one, opened the super-hard-to-open-annoying-plastic package, only to find that my old adapter mysteriously started working again. Then my trackpad on my laptop appeared to have died, which is bothersome because whenever anything breaks on a laptop, it is often related to a malfunction with the motherboard, meaning it is not just a do-it-yourself thing where you can buy a new part at the store (the price of portability). This gets me to my leadership on acid point:

#1: Examine your beliefs

Some people look at their beliefs and abilities and don’t do what is necessary to challenge them.

Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck conducted research relating how people view their abilities as A) fixed and likely innate or B) that their abilities can and do change with effort and experience. The accurate view here would be “B” which means that if you really want to learn how to play the piano, as long as you put in the time and practice, you can and will get to be very good. An old friend of mine plays the cello and he is fantastic at it—some might call him a genius. While I do not know about the genius part, I do know that he started playing when he was maybe 4 years old! Think about this,  If you start some skill at 4 years old, and practice at it consistently for many years, chances are that you will become “very good” at it too.

What is the secret?

It is the persistence and commitment to a long term goal—it is not giving up when times get tough.

When I first thought my trackpad was broken, I truly believed my motherboard blew a transistor or something and that there would be no easy solution to this problem. Then I decided to google trackpads a bit and see if I might stumble upon some ideas.

I found a forum in which someone had the same problem with a similar laptop (different brand but still a PC).  I didn’t realize that there was a way to disable the trackpad on a laptop by pushing the function key and then the F9 key which I wondered if I accidentally pushed last night. If there was a way to disable it, there must be a way to enable it, right? So, I pushed function and then F9, and voila, a window pops up that read, “trackpad enabled.”  Woohoo!

Instead of saying to yourself, “I can’t fix this,” you should say, “I can’t fix this, yet.”

Just because you can’t play the piano now, doesn’t mean you can’t play it well a year from now and perhaps masterfully ten years from now.

Examine your beliefs before you assume anything about yourself. Do you have a similar experience where you doubted your own ability? Share with us your comments.


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