Issue 83 - 02 | Put Your Mindset to Work: The Secret Weapon in Winning, Keeping, and Flourishing in the Best Jobs

By Paul Stoltz & James Reed
Published June 8, 2011 10:00 a.m.
“What does it really take to win, keep, and flourish in the best jobs? Let’s begin by shattering a sacred assumption. If you want a good job, it’s all about qualifications. Put another way, the best way to increase your chances of getting a great job is by upgrading your skills. Right? Wrong!

That is, at least according to the thousands of the world’s top employers we formally surveyed. Their answers to these four questions can and should have profound implications on your entire career.


Mindset utterly trumps Skillset. Not by a little, but by a landslide. That’s why trying to win the best jobs by doing yet-more skills training is like training for a marathon by doing sprints and hurdles. It may help, but it’s not going to win the race.”

About Paul Stoltz & James Reed | James Reed is he chairman of Reed Global and the top U.K. authority on recruitment. He lives in London.

Paul G. Stoltz, PhD, is a leading authority on the on the science of mindset—assessing and strengthening human capacity, resilience, and agility. He is the international bestselling author and creator of The Adversity Quotient. He lives in San Luis Obispo, California.

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