an easy listen. the idea is repeated, but I didn't find it boring to listen to, except for the sports chapter, which I have zero interest in. in fact, the repetition of the main theme allowed me to spend time contemplating on the many different ways the fixed mindset had infected my thought at all stages of life.
This book has been on my reading list for years. As a fan of Malcolm gladwell's and similar success-oriented writers, I had been blown away by dweck's concepts of growth mindset & fixed mindset. Unfortunately, the book did very little to add to my knowledge of the original concepts. As an avid sports fan, I was insulted by dweck's superficial examples of John McEnroe (fixed mindset), Bobby knight (fixed), versus Michael Jordan (growth) and tiger woods (growth). These complicated success stories deserve chapter-long explorations, rather than cliche-driven paragraphs that dweck gives. I laughed out loud when dweck uses tiger woods as an example of a growth mindset, & that his father earl groomed him with equal interest in developing tiger into a "great person" as a champion golfer. Clearly, with the knowledge of what we've learned about tiger since 2009, "growth mindset" & tiger is a laughable connection. This is not to say tiger woods would not make an interesting exploration, but the complications of
his story would take a thoughtful 20-30 pages, not a filled-with-cliches paragraph that dweck provides.
Interesting, however, it could have been summarized in about one brief paragraph. Spent the majority of the time repeating the same concept just in different scenarios and case studies. Concept is, fixed mindset people think you either have what it takes or not, growth means you think you can grow/improve through effort and then they're often more successful and happier than the fixed. Overall good, not mind blowing, but interesting.
This book was recommended reading for parents of struggling adult children. But it is must know information for any type of managing people like the cover suggests - parenting, teaching, management, etc. Helped me to understand brain growth and human response to learning, which is essential to growth as people.
I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone! I think it should be mandatory reading for anyone who wishes to bring a child into this world or is responsible for their rearing. Parents, teachers, coaches, counselors, etc. Or if you have been a victim of one of these stubborn fixed mindset people. Time for everyone to reprogram!
TOO BLOODY FAST!
Work on cultivating the growth mindset. Steer clear of the fixed mindset and the people stuck in it.
Anyone wishing to listen to this book should listen to it on 0.75 speed. It is absolutely perfect at that speed. Only then is it manageable to assimilate everything you are learning. It feels way to rushed otherwise. Marguerite Gavin sounded like she had to get to the bathroom the entire time and needed to finish narrating before she went. It was way, way, way too fast. 0.75 and you are golden.
This book will show you why we think they way we do, how to think properly & show us when our thoughts hurt or help us. Truly I am blessed to have this book in my life. If you like growing or you have relationship issues this will help you if you apply what you learn! Happy reading!
Avid Audio Book listener. Usual suspects are Leadership, Business, Philosophy, Biographies, and Random Fiction. But once every couple of months I choose a book I might not have picked...ever...but with good reviews.
Mindset can provide some interesting ideas and insight; however, see mindsets in a black and white: fixed or growth.
First the good. A lot of information in the book can be useful especially if you have never viewed the world to have options. It challenges the idea of the "old dog can't learn new tricks". If you have decided that is the way life is, then reading this book will find help.
Second the in-between: The narrator is so-so. The pacing is good at some points and then feel like it takes forever at others.
Third the bad: The book Mindset is so fixed in the idea there are only two mindsets and applies to everything is a stretch. Also if you are anyone who ever believed in practice or the fact you can change, this book will reinforce what you know already but won't give you anything new. It oversimplifies growth mindsets and does not discuss starting points.
Overall: If you are looking for a change from "being stuck" or don't believe you can change, the book can provide some help. If you have reinvented yourself or been trained/coached in sports in your life, it might not give you want you are looking for.
Exactly what I needed to hear. This book and its concepts are empowering yet honest. I treated success, and therefore failure, as identities since I was at least five years old, and I've been suffering in a squalor of safety for most of that time. This book describes the mindset of growth in a way that makes it very easy to absorb and appreciate. A lot of examples of real people with fixed and growth ideals are used throughout, which I found really helped. I will be listening through again.