One of the ways we limit ourselves and fortify our early mental models at the same time is to confuse our “functioning level” with our capability. We assume that what we have been able to create or accomplish is in fact what we are capable of accomplishing. But, virtually all of the available ways to evaluate ourselves simply measure a sample of our behavior (functioning level) at the time. One of the reasons measures of intelligence, career interests and personality remain relatively stable over time is that our early mental models are still operating as our source code. Although we can continue to think of “software upgrades” as learning, unless we are willing to change our source code measures of how we function will remain relatively stable over time. As Peter Senge wrote in “The Fifth Discipline” (perhaps the greatest business book ever written) “Learning is Changing Your Mental Models.” Nothing short of this will liberate your genius.


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