Why Mastering Your Mind is the Secret to Success

Amita Shukla
Amita Shukla

Amita Shukla is a thought leader, innovator, and entrepreneur focused on creating and scaling transformative innovations for human health, well-being, and potential. She is the founder and CEO of Vitamita and the author of Enduring Edge: Transforming How We Think, Create and Change. Previously, Shukla was a principal at New Enterprise Associates, one of the world’s largest venture capital firms, where she invested in cutting-edge healthcare companies for close to nine years. Shukla regularly mentors entrepreneurs, advises organizations, and speaks to audiences of innovators and leaders in industry, academia, and government. Since 2010, she has served as a Governor’s appointee to the board of Maryland’s Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO). In 2015, she served as a Mentor in Residence at Johns Hopkins University. Shukla holds a BA in biochemistry from Harvard, an MBA from Stanford, and 10 patents. More at: http://vitamita.com/amita. Twitter: @amitashukla.

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“Today an education, even one in specific skills, no longer guarantees a lifelong career.” Industries are being transformed, inventions commoditized, and business models disrupted—all in record time.

We live in a world dominated by interconnected challenges with multiple stakeholders spanning the boundaries of organizations and nations. In fields from education and healthcare to poverty, peace, and the environment, our traditional domains of knowledge and expertise often fall short of creating enduring solutions for transformation.

Thus, the success of future leaders, managers and innovators will depend less on the acquisition of specific skills and more on their mastery of mindsets that allow them to rapidly adapt to change, creatively tackle complex challenges, and boldly chart the futures of companies, markets, and nations. And, this is something we can each learn.

“The potential to transform how we use our mind rests not in a few ‘gifted’ minds but in how we each use our own. The power to attain our highest potential is within each of us…. And, the sooner we master our mind, the more we can use its powers in our lifetime to conquer challenges and realize dreams…. Because, those who learn to harness the power of their mind do more than transform their lives—they change the world.”

How well do you know your mind? Take the Mind Quiz to find out.

*Words in quotes reprinted with permission from Enduring Edge.

Join us on April 4th at 4:45 pm in Harbor East or April 5th at 12:15 pm in Washington, DC to hear Amita Shukla speak about Mastering Your Mind for Success. Carey students, register for the event through your Carey Compass account. Shukla will present a simple new framework on the mind, which students can directly apply to transform how they use their own. Shukla introduces the three states of mind in which we think and describes why “true intelligence rests not in mastering any one state but in balancing how we use all three.” Through research-based stories and interactive exercises students will gain deeper insights into how they think and attain a practical new tool for unlocking the potential of their mind and transforming their careers, lives, and the world.

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