“As a child who daydreamed a lot, I often imagined myself acting on the professional stage. Much later, I realized that dream was not so much about being an actor as it was about being the kind of person I perceived one would have to be, to get up on stage and take that risk. And because I was not ‘that kind of person’ in my own mind, I never pursued that dream.” What possibilities have you ruled out in your own life because you believed you were not the kind of person who attempted that sort of thing? Recent research in psychology has given a name to that condition: the fixed mindset – the belief that your key defining traits, like intelligence, athletic ability, and creativity, are determined at birth and relatively unchanging. A growth mindset, on the other hand, embraces the possibility of changing and improving these and other attributes at any stage of life. In this motivational, highly interactive presentation, David Otey first describes these research-based concepts, and then uses stories from his own growth-mindset journey to illustrate their power. Audiences will leave with a fresh understanding of how changes to their thinking habits can open up a world of new possibilities.