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2: Mindset

Here’s what I’m obsessed with, stressed about, done with, and found funny this week! Every Friday I’ll be posting my ever-changing answers to these questions.

obsessed with: I’ve been reading Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck. The premise of the book is that there are two mindsets people can have: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. People with the fixed mindset think that traits and skills are inherent: e.g, if someone’s good at math, they must be naturally talented at it. People with the growth mindset think skills are learned. So if someone’s good at math, it’s because they’ve practiced a lot. As a consequence of this logic, people with the fixed mindset think that when they fail, it’s a reflection of their very being. If a fixed-mindset person fails a test, to them, it’s because they’re dumb. When every failure someone has is a judgement of their characteristics instead of an opportunity for growth and learning, that person quits taking risks. I’ve been rooting out my own fixed mindset as I’ve read this book; I find myself taking many more positive risks recently as a result!  It’s also much more difficult to get frustrated with a growth mindset.  I’ll have a full review on here shortly!

stressed about: Neck pain. The whiplash from my car wreck last week has messed up my neck, and I’ve had a constant headache since the morning after the accident. This week has been my busy week at work, and it’s additional stress I definitely didn’t need. Plus, I have to be much more vigilant about taking breaks so the pain doesn’t get worse from sitting.

done with: Commuting. Everyone is angry on the commute. If you’re on a bus, people are cranky. A train, no one wants to make space. Walking? Someone isn’t paying attention while texting and will yell at you when they bump into you. Biking? Taxis are angry that they have to share the road with you. Commuting sucks, and I can’t wait until I can work from home full time. I’m over it.

funny: One of my friends introduced me to The Kroll Show recently. It’s a comedy sketch show, but some of the sketches span multiple episodes. One of those is Rich Dicks—it’s like if the Rich Kids of Instagram got their own reality shows, and it’s hilarious!

Til next week!

1: Welcome

Hey, I’m going to be posting weekly about what I’m obsessed with, stressed about, done with, and what I find funny. I’m a mid-twenties woman in technology who’s obsessed with neuroscience, dogs and improving.

obsessed with: Eliza at 16, the podcast. I love the format so much, I’m stealing it for these posts. I’ve also been obsessed with edX: as someone who didn’t have formal computer science training, I’m finding a lot of the compsci classes fun, and they’re filling in gaps in my knowledge base. I’m currently working through CS50, Harvard’s intro to computer science class. The format is great, and the lecturer is into his material. The lectures are fun to watch and aren’t dry at all.

stressed about: Imposter syndrome. I’m in tech, and even though I’ve been at it a couple years now, I still feel like a newb. I want to have confidence in my work, but it’s hard when the field is so gigantic. On the bright side, I’m getting very good at picking up new skills quickly, which is invaluable.

done with: Car accidents. I was in a bus wreck earlier this week. Luckily, I just have some minor whiplash and a sprained wrist. The driver of my bus was hurt, and some other passengers hurt their knees. This is my second bad car wreck, and they mess you up for a few days, even if you aren’t hurt.

funny: I have a cat and a dog; my dog is just over a year old, and the cat is about ten. My puppy keeps trying to get the cat to play with her, but the cat isn’t interested. They end up sitting on opposite sides of my couch staring at one another until they both fall asleep! Watching critters interact can really lighten your mood.