A Scarcity Mindset

One day someone told me to stop thinking with a scarcity mindset. I was like, “What?!” As I paused to understand a word that I’ve never heard used in that context, he made me ponder that word as he continued to tell me that I could accomplish any goal with the right mindset.

I really had to process if I was thinking little and not dreaming big enough.

Since the meaning of scarcity is being without or minimal quantities of a specific item, I had to process his statement for a quick minute. The brain is already predisposed to avoid taking risks. We as human beings do not like to operate outside of our comfort zone. Most are reluctant to be bold and do anything that we lack experience. That fear is that scarcity mindset.

Breaking Down the Mindset

A scarcity mindset keeps you in your comfort zone. It won’t allow you to dream big, aim high, or reach your potential. A scarcity mindset wants breakthroughs and triumphant battles but doesn’t understand the sacrifices and dedication involved in that task. The scarcity mindset will keep you right where you are in life- and that is not what we want.

Here are the bullet points for understanding what the mindset embraces:

  • the mindset doesn’t seek out success on its own
  • there’s not enough mentality
  • I’m not taking the risk if I can fail
  • I don’t want to make the choice if I feel uncomfortable

As for me, I wanted to take him serious, but it was almost insulting. I was like, “how dare he question my experience and motive?!” But I hadn’t done anything yet. This was just ‘talk’ and no action.

Even though this individual makes his money by personal coaching and has credible experience with businesses and people, I couldn’t get defensive. I wasn’t sure if he was right or wrong in his analysis, but I wasn’t about to be proved that I couldn’t accomplish something I knew I was able to achieve.

Overcome Your Fear

Ditch the scarcity mindset and develop a positive and determined mentality. You’ll need that positive mindset because you’re in an ever-changing time that requires you to evolve. Nothing in life is for free, nor will it be given to you.

Once you unsubscribe from that notion, you’ll be free from living without a debilitating leash keeping you from your dreams. Don’t let your fear win. In other words, fear is a bully and don’t them win.

Embrace the mentality of failing forward. The five ways I’ve experienced success from my own scarcity mindset has been the following:

  1. Check your environment.
  2. Be honest about your fear.
  3. Consider the pros and cons of what’s keeping you from moving forward.
  4. Does help you have full alignment?
  5. Make a decision of either it will help you or not help you.

I’ve talked about this in several situations with the podcast. Check out this podcast.


When you create exposure, it’s a game changer to every endeavor. – Nathan A Webster

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Nathan A. Webster, MBA
Mr. Social Entrepreneur
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Author: nathanwebster
From a US Marine to nonprofit executive director, I've been fortunate to do a lot of stuff. My quick history is I’m a brand marketer with a background in social good. In the process of running a small educational nonprofit, I learned the value of storytelling and digital branding. That’s how I got involve in marketing, websites, consulting via my podcast as well, and being an adjunct business professor at the local community college.
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