Ryan and Casey interview Elizabeth Gould, teacher and founding member of the Zuckerberg
Institute, as she details how to reinvent yourself. She illustrates the power your childhood
imagination describing how children are fearless and express little imaginative constraints;
whereas adults often operate out of fear and trade imagination for stability.
Noting that entrepreneurship is just a vision; you are either following your vision or you are
following someone else’s vision for you, Casey describes the restlessness experienced by
most entrepreneurs. Elizabeth cautions that this restlessness comes from the struggle of
reconciling where you want to be and where you actually are.
The solution, according to Elizabeth, is to work backwards. Behave as the person you want
to be in 12 months behaves. What would your ideal self do when they get home from work?
Approach your life similar to an athlete. They know exactly what they want to do and the
exact steps to take to get them there. Entrepreneurs are often reactive, not proactive.
Knowing who you are is more important than knowing your capabilities. You don’t
necessarily possess the skills of the person you want to be yet, but you know how that
person behaves. Be willing to pivot if needed.
Revealing the most common myths in entrepreneurship, Elizabeth discusses how, in all the
biographies she has read, the middle was always the worst. No one likes the middle of the
journey. The belief that you must enjoy every aspect of “pursuing your dream,” is false. You
may never enjoy every task involved in reaching your goals but look at the ultimate goal. At
the same time, completing tasks creates a feeling of accomplishment. When reinventing
yourself, you may have to step away from or outsource those tasks, which may create
discord in your mind.
Addressing the notion that behaving as if you are successful when you are not is phony,
Elizabeth expresses that you may always feel like an imposter, so just own it. However,
there is a difference between behavior and image. Behavior is about your internal values
and goals, whereas image is about impressing others
In summary, as children, we operate without fear of the future. As adults, we assess all the
possible problems, failures, which create fears that can impede our success. Every fear does
not have a solution, and solutions present themselves to problems you never imagined you
would have. So, just start somewhere, behave like the person you want to be would behave
over the next 60 minutes. Anyone who has ever made it still experiences fear. Stop chasing
the emotional pot of gold that doesn’t exist.
As far as finding your why goes, your why will find you.
- As and entrepreneur, whose behavior should you emulate?
- How should you execute your vision plan?
- What is the worst part of the journey?
- What is a huge MYTH in entrepreneurship?
- What is the biggest obstacle to reinvention?
- What do entrepreneurs chase that does not exist?
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