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  • Writer's pictureZack Raab

Conquering this uncertain time with a growth mindset - even while living out of a suitcase.

I'm an avid reader and one of my favorite books that I read last year was called Mindset by Carol Dweck. By page seven of the book, I landed on what would ultimately be my favorite quote and lesson from the book (among so many great ones).

I can't think of a more fitting time to share that quote than right now:


Earlier this month, I took a short hiatus from my ongoing job search and flew back to Israel for a couple of friends' weddings. Fast forward three weeks later and I'm still here until further notice (for multiple obvious reasons).

It's just me, my trusty suitcase, whatever was included on my packing list for what was supposed to be a 10-day trip...

...and the growth mindset and positive attitude that is along for the ride wherever I go, no matter where I am or what is happening.

The worst thing I've heard this week is people complaining that they don't know how to fill the hours of their days or that they're running out of TV shows to watch.

Get this - I still don't have a full-time job so I have all the time in the world right now, yet I haven't watched a single episode of TV since this whole ordeal started!

There's so much you (and I) could be doing now. So, while I may be an outlier right now, I find my days flying by (even while stuck at a friend's apartment and missing baseball tremendously). I continue to learn as much as I can, catch up on reading, experiment with new things, check in with friends, and network with experienced sports professionals who have more free time just like all of us do.

Point being - if I can be here with my suitcase, stuck indoors just like the rest of you, and wake up every morning ready to make the most of the entire day, you can do it, too, from the comfort of your own home with all the resources and familiarity you need around you.


So, stop making excuses and feeling down. Stop plopping on the couch to watch the next TV episode or movie.

It's a challenging time in everyone's lives.

It's also one of the most unique made-for-personal-growth times the world has ever seen and probably will ever see. If you ask me, creativity is off-the-charts right now!

I've used this unusual time to help friends with their business, their job, or pursuing their passion. You can call a friend and share some of your expertise that might help them make great strides in what they're doing.

I've scheduled a handful of phone calls with professionals in the sports industry, jumping at the opportunity while everyone is home with more availability than usual. Even if you love your job, reach out to someone you've admired professionally and invite them to chat with you for a bit.

Yesterday, I simultaneously taught myself a new skill and overcame lots of hesitation and recorded a video of myself (topped off with closed captions), which is something I've wanted to do for months! Download an educational app or sign up for a 7-day free trial of something and fill a gap in your resume.

And now I'm writing this second blog post which is another thing I've wanted to do before the end of this month! You, too, can write, record a video, share content on social media - there are endless different ways to do things right now.

So tap into that growth mindset of yours and get at whatever it is you've been wanting to do without any more excuses!

Before you know it, you'll be thriving during this challenging time, too! 😃


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