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From Publishers Weekly
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
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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.
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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Powerful learning for anyone looking to step change their career. Also great advice for parents too. Worth the read.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
I believe this book should be read by everyone. It is guaranteed to change your perspective and if applied will change your life for the better.Published 2 months ago by mtb
This book inspired me a lot for my work with children and in sport psychology! I am very grateful I heard of it and was able to read it.Published 2 months ago by Monique Savoie
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