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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success [Paperback]

Carol Dweck
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Book Description

Dec 26 2007
World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea–the power of our mindset.

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success–but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals–personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.

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Mindset is "an established set of attitudes held by someone," says the Oxford American Dictionary. It turns out, however, that a set of attitudes needn't be so set, according to Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford. Dweck proposes that everyone has either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. A fixed mindset is one in which you view your talents and abilities as... well, fixed. In other words, you are who you are, your intelligence and talents are fixed, and your fate is to go through life avoiding challenge and failure. A growth mindset, on the other hand, is one in which you see yourself as fluid, a work in progress. Your fate is one of growth and opportunity. Which mindset do you possess? Dweck provides a checklist to assess yourself and shows how a particular mindset can affect all areas of your life, from business to sports and love. The good news, says Dweck, is that mindsets are not set: at any time, you can learn to use a growth mindset to achieve success and happiness. This is a serious, practical book. Dweck's overall assertion that rigid thinking benefits no one, least of all yourself, and that a change of mind is always possible, is welcome. (On sale Feb. 28)
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“Everyone should read this book.”—Chip and Dan Heath, authors of Switch and Made to Stick
 
"Will prove to be one of the most influential books ever about motivation."—Po Bronson, author of NurtureShock

"A good book is one whose advice you believe. A great book is one whose advice you follow. I have found Carol Dweck's work on mindsets invaluable in my own life, and even life-changing in my attitudes toward the challenges that, over the years, become more demanding rather than less. This is a book that can change your life, as its ideas have changed mine."—Robert J. Sternberg, IBM Professor of Education and Psychology at Yale University, director of the PACE Center of Yale University, and author of Successful Intelligence

“If you manage any people or if you are a parent (which is a form of managing people), drop everything and read Mindset.”–Guy Kawasaki, author of The Art of the Start and the blog How to Change the World

"Highly recommended . . . an essential read for parents, teachers [and] coaches . . . as well as for those who would like to increase their own feelings of success and fulfillment.”–Library Journal, starred review

“A serious, practical book. Dweck’s overall assertion that rigid thinking benefits no one, least of all yourself, and that a change of mind is always possible, is welcome.”–Publishers Weekly

“A good book is one whose advice you believe. A great book is one whose advice you follow. This is a book that can change your life.”–Robert J. Sternberg, author of Teaching for Successful Intelligence

“A wonderfully elegant idea . . . It is a great book.”–Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., author of Delivered from Distraction

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read Nov. 26 2013
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This book should be must read for anyone attending teachers college, coaching you adults, or parents with children. Be that I suffered with LD and had a horrible time with the education system this book made me realize it wasn't my fault and what changes needed to be made by me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Examining your world view April 2 2013
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I have used this with a professional book club and it has changed the group's view of themselves, their teaching, and their relations with family and colleagues. I also gave it out to 9 high school teams as summer reading and began the year with these groups checking their mindsets with reference to the many powerful anecdotes in the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Very interesting descriptions by Carol Dweck of the researches she undertook to better understand what motivates us, our kids. As a parent, the main lesson I retained from reading this book was that I had to change my way of complementing my kids. Based on all the evidence in the book, I've stopped commenting on the result, to focus on the process. I've actually trained myself to give useful feedback. "What a lovely drawing of a flower!" seems quite an unharmful compliment, doesn't it? But apparently, it leads our kids to stop venturing outside the drawing of flowers (What if my drawing of a cat is not as lovely?). A good feedback would be instead to say something in the lines of: "I love how you created a shadow around the petals." See? No judgement attached on the result. Mindset is filled with convincing examples presented in a simple style which reads like a breeze. Loved it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book April 6 2014
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Easy to read and inspiring. The use of anecdotes to make her point also made it fun to read. Found the stuff on Enron interesting and looked up the gladwell essay she was referring to
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, insightful, and constructive! April 3 2007
Format:Hardcover
I've only started this yesterday and had a hard time putting it down at 1am...

The book is well written and organized so anyone can read and understand the message - which is rewarding effort rather than accomplishments in order to feed the growth and promote further growth!

I think this book does one step better than most "motivational" books - it helps you understand why we are motivated and how best to motivate others.

I look forward to adopting the "growth mindset" and reducing the "fixed mindset" in every challenge of my life!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I read this book when it was first published (2006) and recently re-read it before reading Daniel Siegel's Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation. Presumably he shares my high regard for Carol Dweck's breakthrough insights, as countless other authors have duly acknowledged in books published in recent years. She focuses on two mindsets, one that is fixed and another that can be "grown" with appropriate development. Moreover, she also explains how and why it is possible to change one's mindset. "You have a choice. Mindsets are just beliefs. They're powerful beliefs, but they're just something in your mind, and you can change your mind. As you read [this book], think about where you'd like to go and which mindset will take you there." Long ago, Henry Ford observed, "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're probably right."

More recently, in Extraordinary Minds, Howard Gardner observes that exceptional individuals "have a special talent for identifying their own strengths and weaknesses." Dweck suggets that those with this talent seem to have a growth mindset. Readers will appreciate her strategic provision of a "Grow Your Mindset" section at the conclusion of each chapter. She poses direct questions, reviews key points, and suggests several different ways to think about how to expand and enrich mindsets to fulfill one's potential at home, at work, in the community, and wherever else has special relationships.

These are among the subjects, topics, and passages that caught my eye:

o "Is Success About Learning -- Or Proving You're Smart?
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best I've read on this and related topics. Nov. 24 2008
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will read it again soon. It explains many things that I've experienced. I thought it also filled in questions that books on Positive Psychology either didn't answer well or didn't answer at all. The information is also practical in all aspects of life. In line with the author's research, most successful people that I've observed say the key to their success was their desire to continue learning and growing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good perspective
I liked this book and it's perspective, however I found it sort of just kept hitting you over the head with the same thing rather than try and tell you how to practise or move... Read more
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Published on May 20 2012 by JM
4.0 out of 5 stars I have changed my mind
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Published on Oct. 17 2011 by Steve Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think!
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