Category: Mindset

AN-016 – MINDSET 7/9 – ‘Fixed/Growth Mindset’ with SHARON BOTT

The idea that is behind this episode is that each of us tends towards one of two states in dealing with life. We do it without being aware and quite often, the patterns are set early in life.
The clue is in the title of the podcast in that we’re talking about having either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset – as defined by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation, and the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University
It seems a simple concept on the face of it – but the effects of tending towards one or the other are profound. We hope our conversation provides a little clarity in the matter and gives you further insight into the strange workings of our minds and how we can acquire some control over it.

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Below is a link to Sharon Bott’s coaching website.

AN-013 – MINDSET 5/9 | ‘Negativity Bias’ with SHARON BOTT

“… al of our brains – no matter who we are – react more strongly to negative events. The asymmetric response to positive and negative events is rooted in the brain’s processing of emotion. Negative events cause greater self-referential activity in the medial prefrontal cortex and aslo increased activity in the insula, which is responsible for noticing visceral sensations. Lastly, they also engage more of an emotional response in the amygdala and hippocampus”.

Yes … but what does it all mean? And is it helpful to know?

The book mentioned and the quote above is from ‘The Upward Spiral’ by Alex Korb. link is below:

AN-012 – MINDSET 4/9 | Introvert/Extrovert?

Actors, as performers are often assumed to be extrovert. But it ain’t necessarily so! In fact, you yourself may be labouring under the illusion that you’re an extrovert when really, you’re an introvert – and visa versa. The defining experience of being either, isn’t quite what we think, and may help you reassess the way you think about yourself. Or not.

AN-011 | Synchronicity

As actors, we all would love to know where the next job is coming from, what’s it going to be, what it’s going to demand of us and where it’s going to lead us.

Oh, if only …

I wish, at the age of 61, that I did have some magic formula to pass on to you that gave you the power to determine the trajectory of your career, and to be able to divine your next best move from the plethora of actions available to you. Sometimes indeed, the scant feedback from most of the actions we do take can stun us into inaction.

A few weeks ago I shared a story on Actor Notes called ‘Full Circle at Wyndham’s’. It was a story about synchronicity, fate, cause and effect, choice and destiny. And it happened to me. Or rather, it involved me – a passenger on a strange thing called life.

I’ve got another story like that that I’d like to tell you.
However, I’m telling it here not just because it’s a good story, but because it helps make a point about how – particularly as actors – we should be in life.

Standing with Stones
The story I tell happened during the making of my film ‘Standing with Stones. You can find out more about that at

In the meantime, here’s the relevant section of the film including Callanish:


Oh, and if you’ve never seen ‘Glengarry, Glen Ross’ find the film wherever you can. Magnificent perfomances from Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey et al.

Here’s Baldwin with the famous speech:

AN-010 – MINDSET 3/9 | ‘People’ with SHARON BOTT

‘People’ seems like rather a large subject for a 20 minute podcast. There are just so many of them – and they’re all different. How can I cope – especially when my well-being, the next job, my career may depend on how I occur to the next person I meet? Well, relax. We don’t think it’s a case of understanding and adapting to each individual or group you meet and/or work with. It’s more about understanding and adapting just one person – YOU!

AN-006 | Sand in the Oyster

When we get a new script in the hand, it’s all too easy to succumb to some less than helpful habits in our keenness to make our mark on the role. Inspired by a quote from a slightly surprising source, here’s a thought about character development that may help shake out any old, stale habits you may have fallen into.

AN-004 | Upset – it’s no big deal

It strikes me that many of us learned, very early in life, there was a huge payoff in drawing attention to the fact that we were upset. There was real value in complaining to your mother that something was wrong. However, as we get older, the strategy begins to produce diminishing returns. What are the consequences?


Michael Bott

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