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Mindset Audiobook

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

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Publisher's Summary

Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work and relationships, and how we raise our kids, ultimately predicting whether or not we will fulfill our potential. Dweck has found that everyone has one of two basic mindsets.If you have the fixed mindset, you believe that your talents and abilities are set in stone - either you have them or you don't. You must prove yourself over and over, trying to look smart and talented at all costs. This is the path of stagnation. If you have a growth mindset, however, you know that talents can be developed and that great abilities are built over time. This is the path of opportunity - and success.

Dweck demonstrates that mindset unfolds in childhood and adulthood and drives every aspect of our lives, from work to sports, from relationships to parenting. She reveals how creative geniuses in all fields - music, literature, science, sports, business - apply the growth mindset to achieve results. Perhaps even more important, she shows us how we can change our mindset at any stage of life to achieve true success and fulfillment. She looks across a broad range of applications and helps parents, teachers, coaches, and executives see how they can promote the growth mindset. Highly engaging and very practical, Mindset breaks new ground as it leads you to change how you feel about yourself and your future.

©2007 Carol Dweck; (P)2009 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Amazon Customer 01-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Must read (listen) for parents"

    I found this book really interesting. It's changed the way I speak to my kids about their school work and other activities in the hopes of creating a growth mindset that will help them succeed at life.

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    Amazon Customer 12-19-16
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    "Important info, bad narrator"

    This book, if read and taken seriously can have a significant positive impact on your life. The only negative about this rendition is the narrator is in my opinion the worst of any audiobook I've ever listened to. Regardless, buy and persevere through it because it's 100% worth it!

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    Jonathan 12-12-16
    Jonathan 12-12-16
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    "Mindset showed me how my family was dysfunctional"

    Mindset is mind-blowing to me in that it made clearer than any book I've read what was so very dysfunctional about the family I grew up in. I've only listened through it once, but I know that I'll find it very worthwhile to listen to several times, and then revisit regularly to keep my growth mindset properly tuned up.

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    R. Palmer Falcon Heights, MN USA 12-11-16
    R. Palmer Falcon Heights, MN USA 12-11-16

    science nerd

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    "proffers sound guidance"

    Easy to listen to the narrator sharing Dweck's stories and guidance for living our lives as best as possible. It was scary, because i could not help projecting her descriptions of fixed mindsets onto our recently elected Potus.

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    Matt 12-11-16
    Matt 12-11-16
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    "OK book, terrible narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the concept behind the book is fantastic, but ultimately it just keeps repeating evidence for Carol Dweck's theories, she uses a series of anecdotes to drive her point home, and it gets extremely repetitive. I would have liked more practical application on how the theory could be used in positive ways.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's voice was extremely robotic, to the point of parody. Very difficult to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lavalleem 12-10-16
    lavalleem 12-10-16 Member Since 2016

    High School English Teacher & Devoted Shakespeare Fan

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    "A great tool for teachers and parents alike"
    What made the experience of listening to Mindset the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the fact that I was able to work on other aspects of my job while I was listening to the book for work. The pleasant tone and engaging rhythm.


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    Thresea Dowell 12-07-16
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    "Excellent Book"
    Where does Mindset rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The content is excellent. Dr. Dweck's research is impeccable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I didn't care for the narrator, she sounded almost mechanical.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator sounds like a computer generated voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Change your mindset, change your life.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed it so much that I bought a hard copy as a gift.

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    Colorado Girl 12-04-16

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Some good info, but a bit too simplistic sometimes"

    This book is interesting overall, especially for those who may be struggling with a "why me" mind set. It outlines some of the differences in the way people with a positive attitude think as opposed to the way a more negative thinking person thinks. This information is helpful if you're someone who hasn't done a lot of work on yourself, but it tends to over-generalize in many respects. I think there should be a general caveat given that the information should be viewed as a starting point for self improvement. Unfortunately, the way the material is presented, one is left with the impression that this book is a complete, highly authoritative source for self improvement. The tone of the book is just a bit too "new age" for me. Personally, I feel that Napoleon Hill's book (among others) is a better source. Being a teacher I give it a "C".

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    Frank 12-02-16
    Frank 12-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great info on the power & influence of our mindset"

    Great info on the power, influence and contagiousness of our mindset! Valuable for individuals, families, leaders and organizations.

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    Ricardo 12-02-16
    Ricardo 12-02-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful guidance to a more fulfilling life!"

    Author does a great job netting together key life scenarios to learn how to apply a growth mindset for a much better outcome.

    Highly recommend.

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  • MR
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    3/26/13
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    "2 major issues with the audio book"

    Its hard to disagree too much with the subject of the book, indeed having a growth mindset is likely a have a lot more positive effect on your life. My issues with the book are:

    Firstly the never ending slew of examples of why the fixed mindset is worse and the growth mindset is better. After 2 examples I got it but it goes on to mention another study, then talk about Tiger Woods, then another study, then John McEnroe and after a while you just go 'OK I get it', I found myself fast forwarding so often hoping some new ground would be covered.

    Secondly the narrator Marguerite Gavin is not so good, Im surprised its actually a person because honestly I thought it was some sort of, very good, narration app. I found her very grating like listening to a convincing computer program, there was always something off about the way she read it, the nuances in her voice and expression just felt off a lot of the time. It felt like I was being read a story by somebody who didnt want to be reading so they injected false enthusiasm. Still this is one book you dont really want the auther Carol Dweck to read, her intro filled me with a bit of dread at the prospect of another 8 hours of the same voice, a bit like listening to your grandmother prattling on and on and on lol

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Leigh-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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    "Interesting ... but!"

    There are some useful insights in this book and definitely you can gain something. But I just feel everything is too simplistic. Fixed mindset = bad; Growth mindset = good. In principle this is ok but people are so much more complex than this. Carol Dweck does allude at one point that people can have different mindsets in differing areas but I think that we can all oscillate between both mindsets depending upon how we feel recent experiences and a multitude of other influences. Although I do believe that aiming for a growth mindset is better.

    She also uses examples of the two mindsets from business and sport. People who were very successful and then fell from grace all of course suffered from a fixed mindset according to Dweck. Now some of those people are still wealthier than most will ever achieve! I also wonder if this was being written now whether Tiger Woods would have been the paragon of a growth mindset that Dweck states (the book being written before his fall from grace). I suspect he would now be assigned the bad fixed mindset somehow. John McEnroe who I think you'd have to admit was pretty successful by pretty much any standards is pilloried for his fixed mindset.

    As I said there are nuggets of wisdom here. But I found with so many of the examples used that Dweck has just used hindsight to determine if someone had the 'good' growth mindset or bad fixed mindset that I found myself wanting to argue with the recording.

    Of course I also suspect that the mere fact that I disagree with Dweck in anything would, in her opinion, label me as suffering from the fixed minsdset! Overall you might learn something here but I doubt it is going to change your life.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Alex M
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    "Worst narrator ever"

    This review is unfair. It's unfair because I never finished the book due to the lady narrating. Her intonation is awkward and utterly annoying with short deep breaths and weird pauses. Recall in your memory the old school type-to-voice function on a Windows 98 machine, and then imagine chapter after chapter of it torturing your mind. It's a shame because I was recommended the book. Should have stuck to paper for this one! Avoid.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • David
    5/7/16
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    "Useful main theme."

    The main theme of adopting/cultivating a growth mindset is interesting. Apart from this concept there is not much else to the book. I felt more specific instruction on how to implement the growth mindset in everyday life would have been beneficial.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Damien H
    3/16/16
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    "Brilliant"

    I found this book to be massively helpful. It helped me understand more about myself, but also how I could help those around me.

    As had been noted in other reviews, there is a common point that is repeated many times, but the different contexts help to understand the subject in different ways. Even towards the end of the book I was able to think how this applied to different parts of my life. I'm planning to listen to the book again!!

    If ever you needed the confidence to throw off self doubt and embrace continuous growth, this book is a great support!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anonimo Nonlodico
    1/12/16
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    "Basically correct but very shallow and superficial"

    Don't waste your time and money on this one. It consists almost entirely of simple examples of a very basic and easy to understand, though important, idea.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • C. Rockne-meyer
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    10/5/16
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    "Golden nuggets hidden in long winded stories"

    The details around the static mind and growth mind types are insufficiently constructed in the beginning of the book. There are chapters of fast-paced stories of sports characters, but these are tedious unless you're into those sports and a long winded way of elaborating on the mind types.
    The chapters about education and parenting are more useful as more readers can relate to these scenarios than the sports figures.
    Summary chapter thankfully brings the book together, but I would have got 90% of the book by listening to this final chapter alone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/22/16
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    "Not enough strategy"

    A great book for showing examples of positive mindsets and promoting wellbeing but not enough strategy to put into place a new mindset.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/4/16
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    "Fantastic. "

    This book has taught me lessons I will use for the rest of my life. I will definitely read it again. I have found so many things I can pass on to my children.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Big Rico Suave
    1/26/15
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    "Worthwhile"

    I wouldn't say this was as seminal a text as those who recommended it declared. I also wouldn't say that learned huge amount that I didn't already know but I did feel it helped create an approach or framework to manage a variety of different scenarios with a variety of different people in the various lives I lead: at home, at work, at play.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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