Beyond Talent: Why Mindset Matters for Career Success

Taha Moeini
3 min readMar 4, 2023


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Have you ever found yourself doubting your ability to succeed in your career because you feel like you’re not the best or brightest in your field? It’s a common feeling, but it’s important to remember that success is not just about innate ability or raw intelligence. Instead, it’s about having the right mindset, a strong work ethic, and the ability to stay focused and composed in challenging situations.

As a team lead with years of experience in the workforce, I want to share with you some insights I’ve gained over the years. Some of the most successful individuals I have worked with are not necessarily the smartest or most talented, but they share certain qualities that set them apart from their peers.

One of these qualities is having a growth mindset. When you have a growth mindset, you believe that your abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. You don’t see failure as a permanent setback, but rather as an opportunity to learn and grow. With a growth mindset, you’re more likely to take on challenges, embrace feedback, and keep pushing yourself to improve.

Another critical component of success is having mental resilience and self-control. In hard and complex environments, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and lose focus. But those who can stay calm and composed under pressure are more likely to make good decisions and find effective solutions to problems.

If you want to develop mental resilience and self-control, there are several things you can try:

  1. Practice mindfulness: Take a few minutes each day to focus on your breath and clear your mind. By practicing mindfulness, you can reduce stress, improve your focus, and increase your overall well-being.
  2. Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can reduce stress, improve mood, and increase cognitive function, all of which are essential for staying focused and composed in challenging situations.
  3. Seek out feedback: Asking for constructive feedback from colleagues and supervisors is an excellent way to identify areas for improvement and growth. Be open to feedback and use it as an opportunity to learn and develop new skills.
  4. Embrace failure: Failure is a natural part of the learning process, and everyone experiences setbacks at some point in their career. Use your failures as a chance to reflect on your approach and make adjustments for better outcomes in the future.
  5. Build a support system: Surround yourself with positive and supportive people who can encourage you and provide guidance when needed.

By focusing on these key areas and trying these strategies, you can develop the mental resilience and self-control needed for success in today’s fast-paced work environment. Remember, success is not just about innate ability but also about having the right mindset, working hard, and continuously striving to improve.

So don’t let self-doubt or a fear of failure hold you back from achieving your career goals. Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth, and keep pushing yourself to be the best you can be. With dedication, perseverance, and the right mindset, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

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Taha Moeini

Strategic Program Manager & Software Engineer | Mastering Project Excellence & Innovation | TechWhisper