WILL Moore

The Trick to Develop A Growth Mindset -Never Say Die!

The Trick to Developing a Growth  Mindset –

Never Say Die!


“It’s our time down here” Don’t recognize that quote? I’ll give you an easier hint: “Goonies never say die!” 


The Goonies has got to be one of my favorite movies ever! It’s filled with adventure, danger, and hidden treasures. That was little Will’s biggest dream back in 1985. While I do still love the thrill of it all, what I love about The Goonies now is what it can teach us.



Haven’t seen it? First off, get as far away from me as possible (kidding, kidding). The movie follows a group of kids who find an old treasure map in the attic of their house—which they are about to lose thanks to a developing company attempting to replace it with a country club.



The kids follow the map and encounter booby traps and other dangers to find a forgotten pirate ship. They also end up meeting a character named Sloth, who teaches you not to judge a book by its cover. 



This movie is an absolute classic for lots of reasons—it includes pirates, a cool group of characters, and an unforgettable adventure. But what truly makes it great is that the kids believe in the unbelievable. 



They chase after a relic in hopes of finding gold and discover impossible wonder, but they never stop believing. 



They believe that by setting a goal, they can reach it regardless of any hurdles in their path. They know how to develop a growth mindset because they already have. The adults in the film don’t believe anymore, but the kids have the ability to use their mindset to push through to find the truth. 


Maybe we all just need to start doing the truffle shuffle, just like Chunk. If we do that, maybe we can begin to understand just how to develop a growth mindset


Just like in The Goonies, adults in our world have lost their spark. 


Because they’ve grown up, they’ve stopped believing that they can influence the impossible. Kids have that belief naturally. My son, Wyatt, is one of those kids. He’s only a toddler, but he’s definitely not giving in to victim culture. 


Though he’s never had to learn how to develop a growth mindset, he’s got it downpat. He goes through his days just living happily. He strives to find joy and sets small goals without even considering it, like not walking on cracks in the sidewalk or playing with a toy. He doesn’t lay around worrying about how or when to do things. He just does them. 



So, Are You Ready To Learn How To Develop a Growth Mindset?



It’s hard sometimes as an adult to feel some of that magic you felt when you were a kid. But, just like The Goonies, you can go from being stuck as victims of the universe to having a growth-owner mindset. 



We go through life trying to fit in with society. Our friends, family, coworkers, and so many others all affect the way we live our lives. But, just like some of us, they’ve lost touch with their growth mindsets. 



They aren’t trying to keep you in a victim loop, but those mindsets can seep into your own easily when you’ve lost the sparkle you felt as a kid. So, how do you remove that cycle of doubt and disbelief to learn how to develop a growth mindset?



You can start with some advice from one of the best growth-owners I know: Wyatt. He gets excited with every little accomplishment he has. So, what if someone says: “Don’t touch that toy” or “stay off the sidewalk”



Seems plausible right? We’ve been denied our wants all the time in life, and we may have even done the denying every here and then (I know I have). I’ve learned that instead of having a negative outlook, I can use it as a tool for learning how to develop a growth mindset. By immediately scolding him for exploring, I’ll make him lose that wonder that is key to his success. 



Instead of making him feel bad for following an instinct to try new things, I can uplift him. If I don’t want him to go on a certain adventure, I can cut in and negotiate. If I didn’t want him to play with a specific toy for example:



“Hey buddy, right now it isn’t playtime. We’ll play after dinner.” 


By saying this instead of shutting him down, he is assured and unafraid to take new chances. This is imperative when knowing how to develop a growth mindset



The difference between “absolutely not” and “not right this second” is small, but extremely meaningful. Wyatt can continue to make the impossible possible, just like The Goonies. 



Sure, I hear what you’re saying—”How does this help me, Will, I’m not a child.” Well, you’ve been told “no” so many times in life that you’ve developed a doubtful mentality. You are capable of knowing how to develop a growth mindset, it’s all up to you. 



It starts with breaking your fixed-victim mindset, pushing through to be the growth-owner you’ve always wanted to be—just like little Wyatt. 


Need Another Helpful Tip?


One way to start your mission with how to develop a growth mindset is to come up with 3 things you enjoyed when you were little. Especially if those things made you feel special or accomplished in some way. 



It’s not always easy to build up success habits. Much like setting up dominoes, you can’t always see the big picture until it’s complete. But those small goals you’re making for yourself add up to aid you in your growth journey leading to success and happiness. By doing this, you’ll know how to develop a growth mindset in no time



Are You Ready To Do The Truffle Shuffle? 


Want to know where you stand in the five values of life tied to happiness (Your 5 Cores), take this two minute Core Values Quiz to get your core score in the five values of life.

Do You Know the Secret of How To Live a Profoundly Happy Life?


Do You Know the Secret of

How to Live a Profoundly Happy Life?

Use this Happiness Hack to Create Balance, Empathy, and Peace in Your Life


If I’ve imparted anything that’s stuck with you since we first crossed paths, I hope it’s that now you know it’s absolutely vital to your happiness that you continually dedicate yourself to building up your 5 cores. Your personal core values really set the stage for the rest of your life and well-being. But how do you add gas to the flame that fires up your five cores and blasts you into the big, bold beautiful sky where everything is clear and balanced? 


The one word answer: gratitude. When going about your day, it’s easy to forget to take a minute to think about how incredibly grateful you are for all that you have. By doing this, you’ll be building positive momentum that not only contributes to your personal core values, but to your overall health and wellbeing as well. Gratitude changes your whole perspective on life. Instead of letting your inner fixed victim focus on what you don’t have, your inner growth owner starts to focus on what you DO have. And that, my friends, is a beautiful thing! 


You heard me right – Thinking about what you’re grateful for every day, even for just a moment, can allow you to break through your fixed-victim mindset to find success. I practice this myself every single day and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Every day I repeat a gratitude mantra and then I recall the top things I’m grateful for in my life, which are usually a result of my personal core values. For example:


  • Family. I am beyond happy to have them, and I couldn’t do it without their support. I am grateful for their health as well as my own. 
  • Imagination. It can be so easy to get down on myself sometimes, but I’m so glad I have the ability to see the world through a brighter lens. Creativity is key!
  • My willpower. I was able to pick myself up and find happiness through action. I am grateful every day for my perseverance.

So, How Does Gratitude Apply To Your Personal Core Values



By practicing gratitude, you’ll be looking at life from a new angle: that of a growth-owner. This means considering things around you as stepping stones to a radiant future, rather than seeing them as weights holding you down. By focusing on seeing life through a more positive lens, you’ll be fueling your personal core values more and more. 


This ensures that you get through your day feeling good! Too often people lose momentum in the middle of the day and just feel stuck. Practicing gratitude will give you that extra push you need to feel like you’re still moving forward when you should be. 



Many people have personal core values that involve family or friends. Well, did you know that being grateful could help you when it comes to compassion? Through that same growth-owner mindset we see people as treasured pieces of our lives rather than nuisances. Further, by showing them how grateful you are for their company, your relationship core can be boosted!



It also helps when other people get you down. You don’t need to get out there and seek revenge or get into a “why me?” mindset. You’re just grateful you’ve got everything you need and know that the person who made you feel less than is probably in the wrong mindset. Gratitude helps give you the empathy you need to get past these situations without losing your momentum



Applying Gratitude In Life



Don’t believe me? Well, let me tell you what happened to me at the gym. One of my favorite activities I like to do to stay active is basketball. I go to my local gym to play, and the same group of guys is there almost every time. 


Now, I get along awesome with these guysall except one. For some reason, every time I go to the gym to play this guy scowls at me as if I’ve killed his dog. At first, I turned inward, wondering what I’d done. 


But, one day I went to play, and he looked as if he had been having a tougher day than usual. Despite that, we were on the same team that day and he really pulled through to help us out. I wanted to try to bridge the disconnect between us by sharing my gratitude with him. 


So, I went right on up and said, “Thanks for your help on the court today. You are truly the reason we were able to do so well today.” And guess what? He smiled. The man who had seemed like he hated my guts for weeks smiled. All because I showed him that I was grateful for his help. 


THIS is how practicing gratitude can enhance your personal core values. By doing it daily, even in small doses, you’ll be building up positive momentum that helps you grow. So, take a moment today to think about what you’re grateful for and shout it from the rooftops!



Let’s Keep The Momentum Train Moving


Want to know where you stand in the five values of life tied to happiness (Your 5 Cores), take this two minute Core Values Quiz to get your core score in the five values of life.

One Easy Success Habit To Jump Start a Positive Mindset


Let Your Mindset Soar with One Positive Word

Use this Contagious Success Habit to Boost Your Mood


You know that feeling you get when you have a super important interview or really want to crush a test? Yeah, that’s stress baby. 


Fun fact: the word stress didn’t even exist until 1949 when Hans Selye invented the term. People didn’t really understand this widespread affectation at that time, but Selye was about to show the world just what stress was, and how developing success habits can help. 


Stress is just a little six-letter word, yet it holds a massive punch. By allowing yourself to build on the foundations of your stress, you’re adding more and more to the fire of negative momentum. But your brain is capable of taking that negativity and transforming it into positive momentum. It all comes down to focusing on your mindset core and success habits


And guess what: that starts with you. It’s all part of being a growth owner and taking charge of your happiness instead of succumbing to being a fixed victim and letting the world have it’s way with you.  Let’s start with a success habit to jump start a positive mindset.


The Success Habit to Change It All


A buddy of mine had a great little success habit for keeping his positive mindset. He had frustrating days just like anyone else, but if anyone asked him how he was, he wouldn’t mention his frustrations.

Nope, instead he said “I feel AWESOME,” as fervently as possible. After doing this for a bit, it actually began to make him feel better! He proactively reduced negativity by ingraining a success habit into his daily routine.


Changing Your Fixed-Victim Mindset


I know what you’re thinking: “But Will, just because he SAID he was awesome doesn’t mean his day was any better.” Maybe not at first, but don’t underestimate the power of a positive mindset! And even if his day didn’t change, just not letting it bother him actually did change how he perceived it. 


Life isn’t always fairthat means that things aren’t always going to go your way. But it’s all about rolling with the punches! Rather than getting down on yourself after a bad day, welcome it as a normal occurrence that will help you learn how to be the best that you can be. 


Take a lesson from my pal and start by creating success habits that will help you on your off days to still be the person you’re striving to be. Even if you aren’t having a good day, doing something small that brings you joy will build up your positive momentum. 


So, How Do You Begin to Be a Positive Growth-Owner?


The world has changed quite a bit since 2019. It can be overwhelming and frustrating to think about. But, instead of getting out of bed thinking “today’s gonna suck,” think “I’m gonna crush this day!” Just like my friend’s mantra of awesomeness, this is a success habit that can boost your momentum up, up, up!


This is a mindset I’ve tried to follow my whole life. Back in the day, this was called having some  “moxie.” The Cambridge Dictionary defines “moxie” as a steadfast sense of confidence and determination. 


5 Success Habits to Boost Your Mindset


The first step to having a bit of moxie in your life is believing you can do it and never giving up. 


To put a little moxie in your day, you’ve got to start building up success habits instead of failure habits. Still struggling? Here’s my top 5 success habits to keep on keeping on:

  • Stay positive. The first way you can bolster your happiness is to increase positive momentum in your life whenever you can. Wake up trying to see the world as a glass half full instead of half empty!
  • Don’t panic. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by bad days, but remember that after the rain comes the rainbow.
  • Be active. You can’t just sit around waiting for your life to get better. This success habit encourages you to go out there and get what you want.
  • Keep moving forward. Sure, you may have a lot of failure habits built up from the past, but this is all about the future. Keep pushing towards your success!
  • Fake it till you make it. I’m sure you’ve heard this saying before, but it’s actually true! If you’re having a bad day just smile on through it and things might just get a little bit brighter.

Extra Tip For The Week:


If you want to keep building up your success habits, start now! Throughout your day today search for different ways you can turn your frown upside down. As always, gamifying your habits is a great change agent! Make it a game to see how often you can spin negativity to positivity. Soon it will just be a habit that you don’t even have to think about.


Want to know where you stand in the five values of life tied to happiness (your five cores)? Take this two-minute Core Values Quiz to get your core score in the five values of life.

Can You Rebuild Your Career to Create Your Dream Life Now?
passion and growth owner mindset


Should you Wait Until Retirement to 

Build Your Dream Life?

Hint: The Answer is Definitely Not


It’s a hard-knock life for us! Most people live really difficult lives, consisting of 8-hour workdays, doing the same routine over and over until the time comes to retire. Sadly, vacations are rare and mostly guilt-ridden, because why would you relax on a beach when you could be working on that pile of paperwork sitting on your desk? It’s grim. Like, thunderstorms-at-the-beach grim. 


It’s generally acknowledged that our work will ultimately lead to our happiness, but that happiness only comes after our careers are over. You have to sacrifice time with your family and pour your heart and soul into heartless paperwork until it’s time for retirement. Incorrectly, you’ve been told that the only time you’ll relax is when you’re well into your 60’s. 


Does that sound great to you? I gotta tell you, that doesn’t sound very good to me; Will needs his play time, which is why I’ve devoted so much effort into mastering gamification. Fortunately, this isn’t the way things have to be; you can rebuild your life to become everything you’ve always wanted.


But I Just Want to Get to My Retirement and Relax


Sure. And you’ll enjoy the quiet for about four days. But most people in retirement don’t actually want to become members at country clubs and rock in their chairs when their careers end. For example, singers retire, only to come “out of retirement” to release one more chart-topping single. People who have done 8-hour workdays their whole lives retire, only to start their own business of their dreams. Why is that?


I’ll tell you: your natural creativity is just itching to be set free. Beneath your 9-5 workday is a soul scratching at the surface, aching to create. You never really let go of achieving your dreams; hope is a powerful thing, and it’s sparked when you let go of the work that restrains you and you have a chance to rebuild your life. You have a passion to create, inspire, succeed and reach your goals on your own terms, if you have a growth mindset


But here’s the thing: You don’t have to wait until boredom drives you to start releasing your inner passion. Luckily, you can start rebuilding your life now and combine your passion with your career so you can succeed on your own terms.


Growth-Owner vs. Fixed-Victim Mindset


If you’ve read some of my other blogs, you may have heard me talk about people who have a growth-owner mindset vs a fixed-victim mindset. Following that, the growth-owner mindset group feels their passion and let it free. They undoubtedly live their lives following their own dreams instead of fulfilling others’ dreams.


However, not all growth owners jump right in; some slowly inch out of their comfort zone, but the point is they are taking the first steps, even if they’re just baby steps.


Their risk tolerance is high because they know they would rather jump and fall than never jump at all. And then they discover that combining your career and your passions is, in fact, possible; because the sky is truly the limit when rebuilding your life


“What if I fall?”

“Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” 

– E.H.


Take Shawn and Ian Murphy, for example. They left behind their office jobs to rebuild their lives and follow their dreams, starting by selling ties on the beach. Yes, they sold ties on the beach. They actually carried them in their backpacks and sold all 800 of them. Now they have several locations for their company Vineyard Vines. Talk about growth owners.


 How Do I Start Rebuilding My Life?


If you truly are passionate about something, it won’t feel like work. So, how do you create habits to become a growth owner


  • Cultivate your ideas and passion. Determine what it is that you really want to do. First, start a passion, skill, or problem sheet: What are you passionate about? What are your skills? What problems can they solve? And how can you turn all that into a career? Write it down and get creative!
  • Start small. Don’t quit your job just yet if you don’t feel ready; you can always start your passion as a side job or a hobby. It all starts with just a step. Rebuilding your life cannot be done all at once; it takes time, and as long as you incorporate your strengths and passions and develop a plan, you’ll get exactly where you need to be. Promise.
  • Be smart about it. Next, when you do feel ready to quit your job, make sure you have a well-developed plan to keep yourself afloat. It’s important to keep a balanced life; if you can’t keep the water running, you’re not keeping up with your five cores. If you do have a plan, and you’ve combined your strengths and skills with a solid problem to solve, then you can begin to rebuild and create a life of passion and contentment for yourself!

The opposite of being happy isn’t being sad; it’s being bored. There really is no light at the end of the tunnel labeled “retirement.” But your passion and skills can be combined to rebuild your life now; so don’t wait to start living. Gain momentum and movement through your well-developed goals and plans.  As Ben Franklin most eloquently said, among other wise things, “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”


This Week’s Action Tip:


Are your time and effort going to your own dreams or are you sacrificing all your passion to make someone else’s dream come true? If it’s the latter, I guarantee that if you find your passion and your skills, and get started on combining them to create a reality, the rest will come easily. Just remember to always take it one step at a time.  Know that by taking the first step, you’re one step closer to achieving a rebuilt life full of passion and happiness. 


This week, I challenge you to take that first step. Beginning with reaching back deep into your mind, soul, and heart to find that one thing that drives you.  Then ask yourself how can you turn that passion into something tangible, something that could become a career for life! Next, write down your passions, skills, and ideas! Make all the combinations! As all growth owners know, the sky’s the limit. You can do anything you set your mind to.


Want to know where you stand in the five values of life tied to happiness (your five cores)? Take this two-minute Core Values Quiz to get your core score in the five values of life.