NCET Biz Tips: Embracing Growth: A creative and entrepreneurial mindset

NCET helps you explore business and technology

Sadie Fienberg

Sadie Fienberg

Entrepreneurs face constant challenges like market changes, failures, and keeping up with rapid shifts. The right mindset can make all the difference.

Adopting a growth mindset – believing that you can develop skills and intelligence through hard work and dedication – can transform how you approach these challenges.

Here are five actionable tips to help you build this mindset and elevate your entrepreneurial journey:

Embrace failures as learning opportunities

Think of failures as steppingstones, not roadblocks. When things don’t go as planned, take a moment to analyze what happened and why.

This reflection helps you learn and avoid making the same mistakes again. Do a quick review after each project to pinpoint areas for improvement. Remember, every setback is a chance to grow stronger and smarter. Treat failure as a teacher, not an enemy.

Seek continuous improvement

In business, standing still is not an option. Always look for ways to enhance your skills and knowledge. Set aside time each week to learn something new – whether it’s through online courses, industry articles, or workshops.

By keeping up with the latest trends and techniques, you stay ahead of the curve and separate yourself from the competition. Continuous learning keeps your mind sharp and your business agile.

Cultivate resilience

Resilience is your ability to bounce back from tough times. Develop daily habits that boost your mental and physical well-being, like meditation, regular exercise, and journaling.

These practices help you stay positive and clear-headed, even when things get rough. Resilience isn’t just about surviving challenges – it’s about thriving despite them.

Build your resilience, and you’ll be ready to handle whatever comes your way.

Actively seek feedback

Feedback is a goldmine for growth. Regularly ask for feedback from colleagues, mentors, and customers to gain fresh perspectives. Set up a system for receiving feedback, like scheduled reviews or feedback forms.

Take constructive criticism as a tool for improvement, not a personal attack. By welcoming feedback, you can make better decisions and keep refining your approach.

Set stretch goals

Stretch goals push you beyond your comfort zone and drive significant growth. Set ambitious targets that are challenging yet achievable. Break them down into smaller, manageable tasks and track your progress. Celebrate the small wins along the way to stay motivated.

Stretch goals keep you moving forward and focused on your long-term vision. Adopting a growth mindset can transform your approach to entrepreneurship.

By embracing failures as learning opportunities, seeking continuous improvement, cultivating resilience, actively seeking feedback and setting stretch goals, you can navigate challenges more effectively and unlock your full potential.

Remember, you’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to your mindset and entrepreneurial journey! During my NCET Biz Bite presentation June 26, we’ll explore these concepts in greater detail and provide you with actionable strategies to implement right away. More info at

Sadie Fienberg is an award-winning entrepreneur and owner of Butterfly Creative Projects, an innovative graphic and web design studio based in Reno. She also runs the Snack on That food blog and co-hosts the Those Gals at Work podcast.

NCET is a member-supported nonprofit organization that produces educational and networking events to help people explore business and technology.


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment