A Tale of Two Mindsets

A Tale of Two Mindsets

Which One Are You?

As a relative newcomer to online marketing, I’m interested in the business models and training methods of more established marketers, and I recently checked out (and decided to enrol in), Dean Holland’s ‘Quick Start Challenge 2.0 Turbo’ 4 week training program. (Now closed).

The Quick Start Challenge is designed to get a newbie (I hate that word but it’ll do for now) started and up and running online over the course of 4 weeks.

There’s only been one of the live training sessions as I write this, so it’s too soon for me to review the program, (I will do a full review once it has finished), but based on the first session I have to say I was impressed with Deans enthusiasm, communication skills, and integrity.

Based on what I’ve seen so far, I’d be happy to recommend this training to someone just starting out  as an online marketer.

As is often the case with any training, what Dean covered in week one was not new or particularly unique or ‘ground-breaking’, but it lays out a solid foundation.

I found his story and enthusiasm inspiring, and although I’ve been marketing online for a couple of years, I certainly picked up some useful ideas which I will apply to my own business.

Which takes me on to the point of this post…

I did some quick research on The Quick Start Challenge, and while the buzz online is overwhelming is positive, I came across one blog post which stood out because of it’s negativity and cynicism.

This guy titled his post provocatively “Will I be kicked out of Dean Holland’s Quick Start Challenge?” He goes on to say he learned nothing from the course, but a lot from Dean’s marketing methods, the implication being that they are ‘underhand’.

The irony is his post is ranking pretty well in the search engines, and he clearly has his own (some might say ‘cynical’) agenda.

I won’t go into detail here what else this gentleman says in his post – you can Google it if you want…

However, the fact that there are thousands of testimonials from satisfied students of the training suggests that either Dean is providing serious value here…

…or he is some kind of evil cult-leader who has used some underhand and powerful mass-hypnosis techniques to bend the wills of these poor followers to his own evil money-making purposes.

Whenever I come across posts like this I’m reminded of Carol Dweck’s excellent book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

The world-renowned Stanford University psychologist found that there are two basic and contrasting mindsets that people tend to have, which influence our behaviour and predict our success.

The first is a ‘growth mindset’. GROWTH mindset individuals readily find lessons and inspiration in the success of others. They do not view success as a competitive, zero-sum game with others.

This attitude is characteristic of the successful entrepreneur.

On the other hand, FIXED mindset individuals feel threatened by the success of others. They winge and blame their circumstances on others, and feel resentful of the success of others.

If you are the latter, the good news is you can cultivate a growth mindset.

The first step is to recognize your current mindset, and if you have a fixed mindset, decide to change it.

Your success as an online entrepreneur depends on it!

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Let me know what you think. Do you agree or not? How do you see yourself? Are you a fixed mindset individual, or a growth mindset individual?


  1. Hey, Forrest; I didn’t read the negative blog post, but I may know where the author is coming from. Let me preface these remarks by saying that I am also doing the QSC, and found the first lesson to be inspiring enough to stick with it. Given that, my optimism is somewhat restrained by caution.
    1. They use Go To Webinar for their training sessions. It is an expensive service and it is usually used for selling an expensive product. So there is always this apprehension, “What do they want me to buy now?”

    2. The initial marketing of the QSC course contained typical marketing tactics that are turn-offs. How many OTO’s were there? It was almost like they wouldn’t let us into the members area without an OTO. And then, what was the real value of the OTO’s. Often, bonuses and massive downloads only contain old stuff that the marketer doesn’t use or is trying to unload.

    The trick is to overlook and override the negative stuff, and keep focused on the positive side.

    Best of luck.

    • Hey Jerry! Thanks for your comment. That’s marketing! We don’t have to buy into it personally. I totally agree with what you say: “The trick is to overlook and override the negative stuff, and keep focused on the positive side.”

  2. Hi Forrest, you can’t please all of the people all of the time, right? That’s interesting about a growth mindset and a fixed mindset and I think you can recognise people in both those groups once you think about it. I look forward to reading your ongoing reviews of The Quick Start Challenge and about your future success.

    • Hi Rich. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Yes, I really like Carol Dweck’s ideas. We all believe in ‘positive thinking’ but many people don’t truly understand what it is …in fact most people if asked will tell you they are positive ‘glass half full’ kind of people even if in reality they have a fixed mindset. Carol’s book provides an excellent framework for understanding our own outlook on life and how it might be holding back our success.

    • Hi Shane. I appreciate you dropping by, and your kind comments! Forrest

  3. I agree with Jerry, to focus on the positives. I think for $20, Dean has over delivered.

    At the end of the day, this Quick Start Challenge is meant to get people to take action on the simple things that matter, which most people don’t, and I am guilty of that myself.

    And I can see that many people have begin to take the action they would never have taken without Dean’s encouragement. So I would say that QSC is a good investment for many people.

    • Hi Lubano. Absolutely. If someone can’t get at least something out of it to make the $20 investment worthwhile, they either know it all, or have unrealistic expectations. :)

  4. Hi Forrest, Negative people are like cavemen only without the fire as that would be too scary and the work of an evil demon. Without PMA the world would be run by Hitlers and riddled with disease as know-one would have kept going to find the breakthrough cure. You attitude will make it work I’m sure.
    (your link to your images doesn’t work sadly) Here’s to your success.
    Chris Jones webmaster of http://www.footballexposed.com

    • Hey Chris, I appreciate your comments.

      And thanks for the heads up in my link to my photography site on the ‘About Us‘page. I will put the link in right now, but here it is HERE.

  5. Hi Forrest. Nice blog you have here. Didn’t encounter the negative post you mentioned but there’s always bound to be haters. No matter this challenge turns out I’m sure I would learn something from this whole experience.

    Read the book Mindset by Carol Dweck too. It’s a good read, I picked up the citation from another good book “The Happines Advantage” by Shawn Achor. If you’re into positive psychology, as I presume you are based on your reading Mindset, you’ll enjoy this book too

    Good luck and best wishes in your challenge

    URL : http://ariverzosa.com/
    email : ari.verzosa@gmail.com

    • Hi Ari. Thanks for your kind comment about my blog!

      I’ll add “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor to my list of books to check out too. Ahh …so many great books to read, so little time!

      Best of luck to you too my friend.


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