“More than anyone I know, Eduardo Briceño has devoted himself to bringing academic research on mindsets into the everyday lives of learners of all ages. His passion and optimism are contagious, and in every interaction, I come away inspired.”
How To Get Better At Things You Care About
The Power of Belief: Mindset and Success
Two of our human superpowers are our abilities to learn and collaborate, which we all once knew well. As kids, we are naturally curious explorers, experimenters, and tinkerers. But somewhere along the way, we learn to suppress these instincts and get trapped in the grind.
For me, it seemed to be working. It led me to an Ivy League school, majoring in engineering and finance, and getting a high-paying job on Wall Street. From the outside, everything looked wonderful, but at what cost? Inside I felt empty, stressed, and inauthentic.
Eventually, I became physically sick. At first, I worked through the pain. But when I kept getting worse, I discovered that other people further along in my condition, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, had lost the use of their hands. I needed to make a change.
So, I left my job in venture capital and went to graduate school at Stanford to pivot into social entrepreneurship. It was there that I met professor Carol Dweck, learned about her work, and ignited my devotion to growth mindset.
For the first time in my life, I had a sense of purpose. I was off the hamster wheel, and no longer following the “rules” imposed by society.
Together we co-founded Mindset Works, the first company to provide growth mindset development services. I had the privilege to serve as its CEO for 13 years, helping introduce growth mindset to the world.
Now, I bring this work to workplaces across the globe. Companies have a lot to benefit from developing a learning cultures. They perform better, are more likely to become leaders in their sectors, and adapt in the face of adversity. Their employees experience greater well-being, and their people’s families and communities are also transformed.
To help evangelize a growth mindset, I got out of my comfort zone and began public speaking, until it became my full-time job. For someone who grew up a strong introvert, being very uncomfortable speaking one-on-one with anyone, this was quite unexpected. But that’s another story.
Generate and radiate love, joy, and kindness
Inspire a world of learners
Catalyze radical imagination
Eduardo Briceño is a global keynote speaker, facilitator, and author who guides many of the world’s leading companies in developing cultures of learning and high performance. His TED talk, “How To Get Better At The Things You Care About,” and his TEDx talk, “The Power of Belief,” have been viewed over eight million times. He is the author of The Performance Paradox: Turning the Power of Mindset into Action, which will be published by Penguin Random House in September 2023.
Earlier in his career, he was the co-founder and CEO of Mindset Works, the pioneer in growth mindset development services, which he started with Stanford professor Carol Dweck and which he led for over a decade during a period when growth mindset went from unknown to a household term. Prior to that, he was a venture capital investor with the Sprout Group and served on several for-profit and non-profit boards. Before that, he was an investment banking analyst with Credit Suisse. He is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow, a member of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network, and an inductee in the Happiness Hall of Fame.
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Eduardo holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MBA and M.A. in education from Stanford University. Most importantly, he continues to enjoy lifelong learning every day.
“Is it over the top to call Eduardo a hero? My hero? Maybe. But for me, and for many who continued to thank me (via Zoom, via email, via chat) for more than a year after I invited Eduardo to speak at Richemont during the early days of the pandemic, Eduardo provided a framework that allowed us to transcend the moment. I can’t say that our unprecedented growth was due solely to the five-session Growth Mindset series he crafted specifically for our culture and the challenge of being a retailer whose physical stores were unable to open—but I can say that I observed how the recordings of his sessions were watched, rewatched, and rewatched again and that I’d see his sessions recommended in internal social channels by people who hadn’t been a part of the company when the sessions were first broadcast.”
“We just wrapped up our all-company event and we had Eduardo give the keynote. He was amazing. He tied the Growth Mindset to our core values, was engaging, thoughtful, and was a big hit. He took the time to relate his concepts to our mission and strategy. He was very well-received and I would give him an A. I highly recommend him for your next offsite function.”
“Eduardo is a thoughtful, helpful, and very effective presenter and communicator. I am so glad to have invited him to speak with 30 of the best and brightest team members from around the world. Everyone had nothing but glowing reviews. Eduardo exceeded every expectation that I had and knocked it out of the park.”
“Eduardo’s presentation was truly inspiring. His concepts were practical and applicable; providing depth, insight, and relevance that is refreshing in the learning cultures space.”
“The impact of Eduardo’s thought leadership and compelling speaking has been powerful and enduring. As he has engaged across multiple leadership forums over multiple years, the concepts have become embedded in the culture and lexicon. Eduardo’s messaging and delivery resonate with leaders thinking about their teams, their families, and their development. Highly recommend creating a partnership with Eduardo and his work!”