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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success | [Carol Dweck]

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

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 ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.
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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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    PlanningQueen 03-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect for parents"

    Personally a very helpful book, but also gives me excellent strategies to use with my kids.

    Book gives theory and practical examples to help you understand key concepts.

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    Kwasi J Smith 03-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Practical Advice! A Must Read For Everyone!"

    Examples where clear and numerous, concepts are simple and doable. Very practical knowledge. I believe everyone at some point in their life should listen to this book.

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    Scott Farmington, NY, United States 11-10-13
    Scott Farmington, NY, United States 11-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good read for those stuck in the 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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Tallebudgera Valley, Australia 08-08-13
    Robert Tallebudgera Valley, Australia 08-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "IMPOSSIBLE TO LISTEN TO, THE WORST NARRATOR!"
    Would you try another book from Carol Dweck and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    I bought Carol's book in kindle version from Amazon. Absolutely would never buy any audible narrated by Ms. Gavin, it sounds like her voice is computer generated.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    anthony BALTIMORE, MD, United States 12-05-12
    anthony BALTIMORE, MD, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012

    I am just a Go-getter with passion to succeed in what I do best. I live to acheive the best out of life by reading smart intellectual folks so I can embrace some of their substance that they express with reason to express it.

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    "Old explaination theory this book is out dated"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    all you get out of this book that people with Fixed mindset stay intune being just what they are doing like a postman delivered mail he does it til retirement same thing goes for firefighter,policeman,construction worker,a drug dealer or crook they all have a Fixed mindset because they continue doing what they do til they retire or die so they are enslave with their career or life style and when they retire all they worth is a watch or shout out they are congratulated for their time doing just that. The other part of mindset is the growth mindset where as people who take risk to be on top or design their own freedom to do what they want out of life. A common sense theory; people who push themselves are people who want a change in their life or surrounding; thats a growth mindset people dont need to read this book about some of the old information thats in this book. This book could have been good if she talk about the change redevelopment with someone success in today modern time talking about micheal jordan I can careless about him she talk about stories in her generation and before something you learned in school LOL!! LLS!!! this book is some GARBAGE!!!!!!!!!


    What could Carol Dweck have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Talk about people from 2000 til present time;


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marguerite Gavin?

    The narrator is not the issue; the book is out dated with old ideas and concept and action in today times you have to strategize differently to make a change; you are not getting that type of information to take it too the next level. This book is a COMPLETE JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mindset?

    the people that she involved in the book; she need people who making a change now and what make them excelled to the next level. She dont need my adviced she have all these degree's she should know this???? because she has all these degrees; My opinion is google her information then write a book about what she google about people LOL!!!!!LLS!!!!! come on go into deeper thought patter growth to sell a book; Good title but bad concept to make people understand MINDSET.


    Any additional comments?

    Stay ahead of the game interview people in today modern times who actually making a different you can interview CNN nominee's "Hero" and then go into the mindset change agenda. That should cost you because I am teaching for free to do research on Mindset and you have all these degrees.........dont try selling a book relating about yourself you giving out too much information about the book a writer is a mystery person too make people want to know more. You would like people to figure you out; too much info about the author for her first book. Desperate to sell A book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "food for thought"

    interesting perspective on many subjects, I would recomend this book for everone. Business and Parenting

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chad Denver, CO, USA 01-05-10
    Chad Denver, CO, USA 01-05-10
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    "Should be called "Mindset for Feminists""

    Carol Dweck offered some good advice in her book. I liked her identification of "fixed minds" and "growth minds".

    Despite being a educated woman she manages to slip in some gender biased white male bashing opinions in certain areas in his book. It really taints her and dilutes her professionalism.

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    leon 03-14-10
    leon 03-14-10 Member Since 2013
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    "so simple and true"

    we may have all thought about it at one time but she puts it together as a whole. amazing best advice on life!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Carlsbad, CA, United States 12-26-13
    Amazon Customer Carlsbad, CA, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "MUST READ"

    This book is excellent at breaking down and understanding the value of Mindset in everything we do.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rami Dubai, United Arab Emirates 06-05-13
    Rami Dubai, United Arab Emirates 06-05-13
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    "A good Book"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Drew Quayle
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    "A book to change your life"

    An excellent read, just the occasional change of word was used away from the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    6/24/15
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    "Great narration."

    so interesting and inspirational. Makes you want to change and shows you how to do it. Listen a few times to help it sink in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Latino
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    "An introduction into a new vision"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mindset to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know. Although this book has been in my "To read" list for a couple of years, I didn't acquire the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I respect all the feedback given about this book. Personally, I think this book gives you the initial tools for your to start working on a growth mindset (that's the way the author name's it). This initial tools will could allow you to have the initial framework for you to start growing into this new mindset. I agree that at times it can be repetitive, however without repetition and without stating the obvious you cannot create a good contrast between what the author is trying to tell you and what you do. The most obvious something is, the more difficult it becomes to spot it.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoy the comparisons from all the provided angles (business, personal, family) between the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I don't have the time to listen to it in one go.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • vincenzo cupello
    3/23/15
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    "excellent"

    great book. interesting subject. well written and easy to follow. very helpful if you want to make changes in your life, work or need help with parenting. invaluable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • slwholdings
    3/14/15
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    "If there's one business book to read, this is it."

    Superb
    Great business book and well read.
    Get it now. Will change your mindset.
    Undoubtedly a class book and so influential.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR DAVID J BEAMISH
    1/14/15
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    "Thought Provoking"

    I absolutely loved this. Dweck has successfully challenged my preconceptions and has inspired me to focus on the process of improvement rather than outcomes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mervyn
    1/2/15
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    "Clear. Concise. Readable."

    'Read' it twice. Love the examples and practical applications. The comparisons between fixed and growth mindsets was made more relevant with the stories about the different styles of coaches and CEO's.
    The information that mindsets can be grown and development through practice gives great hope for all who are willing to embrace Personal Development and recognise Personal Effort MUST accompany any endeavour.
    Well written Professor Dweck. Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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