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Attitude Determines Altitude

Randy Shoup | GOTO Amsterdam 2018

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Success is not determined by our aptitude -- our skill at a particular task. Instead it is determined by our attitude -- how we go about it. It is far less the contributions of genetics, or education, or circumstance, than it is how we approach challenges, limitations, and opportunities in our lives. Through real science and some very personal stories, we will discuss how you can use your attitude to improve yourself.

We begin by discussing Growth Mindset - Carol Dweck's idea that we can improve ourselves through sustained effort. Focus and attention will help us put in the 10,000 hours of deliberate practice that allow us to achieve mastery.

We then discuss Trust - by trusting others to do their part and to do it well we can achieve both greater personal happiness and better business results. Generative organizations and psychological safety in teams are key themes.

We finally discuss Confidence - from the underconfidence of the Impostor Phenomenon to the overconfidence of the Dunning-Kruger effect. Most importantly, we conclude with practical ways you can build and sustain your own confidence in yourself.

About the speakers

Randy Shoup
Randy Shoup

VP Engineering and Chief Architect, eBay