Embrace a Growth Mindset
Learning something new requires the right mindset or attitude. If you believe that you lack talent or are not smart enough, then you make it hard — if not impossible — for yourself to acquire new knowledge, skills, and behaviors. For example, I never used to think of myself as somebody who is good at writing, and I wasn’t particularly good at it at school. But with effort, resilience, and patience, as well as the guidance from others, I have managed to become a reasonably skilled writer.
The same is true for my product management expertise: acquiring it has taken me many years, making plenty of mistakes, learning from other product people, and reading more books and articles than I can remember. I certainly don’t feel that I am done yet. I continue to learn new things and deepen my understanding.