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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (Dec 26 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345472322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345472328
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 wonderfully elegant idea . . . It is a great book.”—Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., author of Delivered from Distraction

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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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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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Offers many examples between a fixed mindset and growth mindset. Some of us are so fixed we don't even want to admit it lol. Definitely worth the read but the read isn't worth anything if you are not willing to implement her teachings in your daily life
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The thesis presented is clear and convincing: that two mindsets characterize our approaches to every endeavour. One is the growth mindset of the lifelong learner, the other the fixed mindset of those who believe talent and intelligence are fixed traits that predetermine our performance. My only criticism is that I could have been persuaded by a five page article with end notes and found the book somewhat repetitive and drawn out. Nonetheless worth the effort.
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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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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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Dr. Carol Dwecks research and findings are insightful, practical, and applicable to us all. The book speaks of how each of us is currently using 1 of 2 Mindsets; the Fixed mindset or the Growth mindset. Once I understood the differences, I was able to determine which mindset was more prevalent in my daily activities and I could immediately see so much room for growth and development in my life.

I know you will too.

The examples provided help to make the definitions of the 2 mindsets clear and understandable. In particular, Dr. Dweck speaks how the mindsets are applied in business, sports, teaching and parenting. The book also gives you concrete and simple advice for capitalizing on a growth mindset and all it can bring to your lives.

My life is better, because I read this book.
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Awesome outlook on life! Very positive too -- a growth mindset vs a fixed mindset is a healthy, way of taking stock inventory of our lives, past present and future.
The emphasis on this book is on the importance of character, effort and engaging purposefully in something because we love it and have a passion for it. The focus on self-development and self-improvement, as opposed to relying on 'innate talent' (which could set us up for failure eventually), is fundamentally freeing.
Great mind set that i plan to apply to all aspects of my life.
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