A potentially terrific topic, but watered down with simplistic, repetitive anecdotes. Application limited to comments like, "Michael has a growth mindset; be like Michael. John has a fixed mindset; don't be like John." I had really hoped for something much more substantial, generalizing the topic, and with stronger application recommendations. This was complicated by a narrator who constantly sounded scolding and judgmental. All in all, disappointing.
THis book offers am erie and sometimes uncomfortable mirror to look into, all in the name of growth. It gave me a new set of tools, and examples of when and how they can be applied. I look forward to trying out the concepts in this book in everyday life.
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.