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I am generally unimpressed by self-help books and this is no exception. I strongly agree with the basic premise, but I was not impressed at all by this book. There are hours of profiles of happy successful people (largely sports figures) who the author says have a growth mindset and unhappy people with limited success who the author says lack a growth mindset. This “new” psychology seems quite reminiscent of the deep philosophers of the last century like Norman Vincent Peale.
I am dubious that anyone starting without a growth mindset will be changed by this book. I am just as dubious anyone already possessing a grown mindset would appreciate these mind numbing profiles. This book felt like it was selling something. I checked out the free sample of the associated Brainology online program. Again, I totally agree with the premise, but found the sample Brainology lesson really weak. I am dubious of new educational fads with weak evidence that charge thousands of dollars for a school program.
I also found the author’s claim that our society worships talent more than effort and grit weak. Many of the qualities the author attributes to a growth mindset, openness, determination, effort, team-work, overcoming adversity, limiting-ego, are all celebrated in our society. Society holds talent which is wasted or not tempered by team-work and humility in disdain. It seems to me the more critical issue is that our society worships success more than happiness and success more than growth.
The last forty minutes of the book have a few practical suggestions but I did not find these made up for the many hours of profiles of sporting heroes and villains..
I much prefer books like Stumbling on Happiness which presumes a growth mindset and focuses more on strategies to be happy.
If you purchased this book because it sounded interesting, you probably don't need it for yourself. There are people with a "fixed" mindset - intelligence and skills are fixed; mental capacity and capabilities are limited to what you're born with. And there are people with a "growth" mindset - intelligence and skills can increase through learning and practice. So if you're interested in this book, you would be in the camp that thinks you can always do better. You don't have limiting thoughts like "I'm not a math person" or "I couldn't... if my life depended on it."
The book provides examples and techniques in moving away from that "fixed" mindset. It covers a variety of areas: athletes, business people, people in relationships, and parents/teachers. The section on parenting/-teaching was the most useful, probably because adults could have a big impact on nurturing or limiting children's potential. Whereas in the other areas, adults make problems complicated and it's hard to get them out of a "fixed" mindset.
For those of you that think people can't improve (including yourself), this book is a good read. I really think this book would be best if it was cut in half and written for the 13 - 21 year old audience. It is that age when we are hardest on ourselves and this book can allow early adults to come to terms with failure and learn how to grow.
The biggest downside to this book is it is so focused on mindset that it fails to bring in other psychological areas that are just as relevant as mindset. Instead it hammers you over and over again with examples of positive and negative mindsets. While beneficial, the examples grow old towards the end of the book.
I think this text is insightful and well gone. What gets me is when an author totally blows a section of the book and thus her credibility because the subject she is discussing is not properly researched. The author does this when she talks about the Columbine shootings. The popular belief is that the Columbine shooters were relentlessly bullied. The actual facts are that they weren’t bullied and in fact one of them, Harris, was a typical bulling type offender himself. The definitive book on this subject is “Columbine” by Dave Cullen. It is one of Audible’s best sellers and irrefutably discounts the Columbine bulling myth. I’m sure that what the author is saying about bulling is correct but she never should have connected it to Columbine. It is sad that neither Carol Dweck nor her editors caught this egregious error.
Very good description of fixed vs growth mindset and the advantages of being a growth mindset and how to avoid being a fixed mindset.
Someone who needs help and encouragement changing from the static mindset to the dynamic one.
Repetitive, condescending. Reminds me of those commercials with the guy sitting around the table of kids asking if a certain activity is bad or good.
This is bad, see why it's bad? here's another example of why it's bad. You should do this instead, this is good, here's an example of why it's good. Go do it.
I have no opinion on the narrator.
I didn't listen past chapter 1.
Mindset spends a lot of time trying to prove to us its point. Success is self driven and self infected. Does it succeed into that? yes 100%. good read.
I learned about myself. It reminded me of some of the negative things that I've done or said and showed me how others might interpret my actions. Plus, it is a model for positive thinking. I like that it was at least realistic enough to explain that we can't win all the time. But if you practice you will become better.
Sure. She had a pleasant voice.
Not Applicable. However, if they had turned it into a comedy or made it an adventure of how to act and react then, yeah, I'd Redbox it.
I love books that helps me grow.
I really enjoyed it. There were some very interesting points that were made. But I felt like the book could've been cut down a third. I feel like there's a lot of repetition throughout the book.