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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success [Paperback]

Carol Dweck
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars More Bookish Thoughts... Aug. 25 2014
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An expert in personal growth and self-esteem, psychologist Carol Dweck has studied human response to our own strengths and shortcomings for forty years. In "Mindset," her first book for a non-academic audience, she lucidly and engagingly shares some of her findings, shedding light on the sort of attitude that leads to success and the sort that leads to failure.

Some people, Dweck argues, have a “fixed mindset”: they view themselves and others as essentially static. Our strengths remain our strength and our weaknesses remain our weaknesses; we hone what works and avoid what doesn't. True, if everyone we know stays the same, becomes easy to navigate our social world. However, a fixed mindset makes change almost impossible; no point making an effort to improve if it will only prove futile. Additionally, for those with fixed mindsets, failure in an area of perceived strength seems catastrophic, attacking the core of the identity.

Alternatively, Dweck proposes adopting a “growth mindset”, a way of thinking that allows much more fluidity. This mindset loves learning, views challenge as opportunity and setbacks as chances to improve. People with the growth mindset see themselves and others as changeable and, like the proverbial tortoise, often overtake those whose initial “natural” talents seem to have put them ahead in the race.

Few would argue with Dweck’s central thesis: that changeability trumps locking yourself into a fixed identity. But many of us linger in the fixed mindset anyway and, when Dweck examines these paradoxical instances, her book reaches its height of persuasion.
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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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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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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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Great read about the fixed and growth mindsets. Provides intriguing examples and thought provoking insights. While being a little repetitive to drive home the point, the main idea is worth the read.
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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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This is a very life changing book. It gives good incites and good ideas for meeting challenges and facing them head on. It really is an eye opener to anyone. I would definately recommend it,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, insightful, and constructive! April 3 2007
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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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