Hi Team,

The world is slowly starting to open up from the pandemic (except for China) and it appears there is a gap between those that maintained a growth mindset throughout the lockdowns and those that went to ground and put-up mental shutters during the upheaval. This so-called "mindset gap" is now creating an "outcome gap" that is predicted to compound over the next decade.

This is obviously an over simplified view of people's mindset during the pandemic. Different countries and cultures had vastly differing responses and restrictions to the spread of the virus and socio-economics played a large role in influencing peoples outlook and opportunities during and after the lockdowns.

This is why there has been a huge focus on mental health during the pandemic in most western countries. Leaders have woken up to the fact that the mindset that the population comes out of the pandemic with will determine the health and prosperity of the community for many years to come.

"Sooner or later you realize that everything comes down to your mindset." Shane Parish

A growth mindset is essential to overcoming challenges, learning new skills, and solving difficult problems. A person's mindset gives them leverage and is the primary driver for building individual wealth. But on a broader scale the collective mindset of a community ultimately determines a societies stability and prosperity.

Your mindset drives every decision you make and every action you take, thousands of times every day. When you focus on what you can control, there is always an action you can take to put yourself in a better position.

Success = mindset + habits + consistency. 

This is the formula for human behaviour I have endeavoured to explain in the last couple of Weekly Emails. In # 165 I proposed that your personality is determined by your mindset which is constantly changing and adapting, especially during childhood. Then in # 166 I explained where a positive mindset comes from, and the vital role education plays in forming a child's mindset. 

"If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you have gained." Neil Gaiman

Thanks for reading,
Stay safe and watch the gap.

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