How to Overcome Limiting Beliefs and Become a World-Class CISO

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Eric Cole

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This episode of Life of a CISO is all about overcoming limited beliefs. Many of us have invisible scripts and unconscious limiting beliefs that keep us from achieving our dreams. For example, for centuries, it was thought that it was impossible to run a 4-minute mile. Until 1954, when that record was broken by Roger Bannister. Within 3 months, it was broken a second time. It was impossible to run a mile in 4 minutes...until it wasn’t. It wasn’t shoes or steroids, it was just the belief that it couldn’t be done. A person who overcame limited beliefs was Marie Callender. She was a waitress at a restaurant nearly about to go out of business, and she took a chance and added her home-made pies to the menu. It was so successful that she ended up buying a commercial oven and owning the restaurant, which stopped selling burgers and only sold pies. If she limited herself to thinking she was only good enough to be a waitress, or that she didn’t have time, then no one would know her name, instead of being the biggest name in pies. A third story I like to tell is the British Crew (Rowing) Team. The 8-person boat was the team that was thrown together of all the slowest people kicked out of other boats, but they each dedicated their lives to the single focus of making the boat go faster and getting the gold. And they won gold at the olympics. If you examine your limiting beliefs, do what you do best, and become obsessed with a goal, you will become a world class CISO.

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