At 15 years old, a young man made the difficult decision to drop out of high school. Had he given up? Was he some kind of juvenile delinquent? Far from it, this young man dropped out of school to start earning an income, which was a necessity at that time. Years later, that high school dropout has become the proud earner of a college degree in business, an investor, the owner of multiple businesses, an accomplished public speaker, and created the opportunity to personally help over 400 businesses by the age of 30.
By all accounts, he is successful, but, up until recently, there was still something holding him back. He was afraid of colleagues and potential business partners learning that he is a dropout. This part of his life was a source of shame, and he thought that people would see him as less intelligent and less successful if they found out. He would panic when people asked what year he graduated. Now, in his thirties, that dreaded question came up again.
“I said well I actually didn't graduate high school, but I did graduate college! I turned it into a joke to where it's no longer a limiting belief that once they discover my “secret,” they're not going to think differently about who I am,” he says.
What changed? How did this successful man haunted by his past learn to embrace his past and walk forward? Say Yes! Enterprises founder Christopher Wick is the successful high school dropout, and he explains that he changed his mindset.
Developing his mindset has helped Wick with more than awkward questions about high school. Wick credits mindset to much of his success, and he has seen countless examples of other business owners being successful because they cultivated a positive mindset.
At Say Yes! Enterprises, there is a common question used to tackle business problems: Is this a mindset problem or a skillset problem? Mindset problems are of the head and skillset problems are of the hand. (Learn more about skillset
in our article on the topic.
When business owners say they are not good at math, that is a mindset problem. Their minds have a fixation that they’re not good at numbers. On the other hand, a skillset problem would be not knowing how to read a balance sheet or a profit and loss statement. Most problems are mindset problems rather than skillset ones. Many entrepreneurs know that learning can be the solution to a lack of skills, but most people with a mindset problem do not even know the problem exists.