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Mindset Audiobook

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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    Becky 01-05-16
    Becky 01-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great perspective gained."

    Great perspective gained from this book. As a university Instructor, I found it especially helpful in relation to understanding and effectively teaching my students. I'm recommending it to my husband (who works in Management/Human Resources) as well.

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    DianA Coconut Creek FL, United States 01-02-16
    DianA Coconut Creek FL, United States 01-02-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Will help to understand people and their actions"

    This book will help anyone who works with people, especially teachers and parents. It will also help you know yourself better. I'm more understanding working with others knowing they might have a closed mindset will make a difference in communicating and motivating others when trying to get a job done.

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    Anthony 12-26-15
    Anthony 12-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Trust the intelligence of your audience."

    The entire book could have been condensed significantly. The takeaway message was clear in the first hour. The remaining hours of reinforcement had just the opposite effect.

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    Mario Gudino 12-22-15
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    "Wonderful book if exposed to this idea for the 1st time."

    Great book overall, but unfortunately for me it covered a topic I already knew, therefore I didn't learn as much as I expected. Mostly covers stories about successful sport athletes, CEOs and young developing kids and does not cover how the average person can implement the idea into their daily lives. This topic was first introduced to me in the 7 habits of highly effective people.

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    Daniel M. 12-22-15
    Daniel M. 12-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the best books you can read and reread"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mindset to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is the reason I purchased the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not a novel - it is an awesome Personal Development study.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fact that we can always become better. Life is a lifelong journey to becoming a person that understands we have a choice to become a "growth minded person/"


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I thought, considered and learned.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, one survey format does not fit all books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paula 12-15-15
    Paula 12-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Poorly narrated."

    Absolutely terrible narration. Speed of narration is too rapid and harsh. Such a shame when the content is so excellent.

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    Unpumped 12-07-15
    Unpumped 12-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Insightful Examination On Patterns Of Human Habits"

    Loved it. Easy to listen to and understand concepts and thoughts presented. Very helpful information.

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    Patrick San Bernardino, CA, United States 12-01-15
    Patrick San Bernardino, CA, United States 12-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A must read for any future/current parent"
    What did you love best about Mindset?

    While seemingly intuitive, the book breaks down specifics of how a different approach to the same situation can make a meaningful impact.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The specific examples.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The parenting examples.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Mindset?

    My everyday outlook on life has changed.


    Any additional comments?

    The first 2-3 chapters feel a little repetitive and I found myself saying "duh" a couple times. But after that is when the magic happens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Wilson SF East Bay, CA, USA 11-17-15
    Richard Wilson SF East Bay, CA, USA 11-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Important messages, hard to listen to"
    Would you listen to Mindset again? Why?

    Yes - Mindset contains many lessons built from a simple premise that find application to work life, personal life, parenting etc. BUT I had to work to get beyond the narrator's style


    What did you like best about this story?

    The simplicity of the take away message - reframing challenges with a growth rather than a fixed mindset can open up alternatives that are previously hidden.


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

    Someone with more vocal variation who sounds a little more genuine. Marguerite's tone is simply not engaging enough to make this an easy-to-listen audiobook. I found it off-putting for a while.


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    Frances 11-15-15
    Frances 11-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Too bad"

    The book had a good message over all but was about 6 chapters too long.

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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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Crawley, United Kingdom
    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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Piotr Skup
    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alex M
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    11/6/15
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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.

    4 of 5 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.

    1 of 1 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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Latino
    5/5/15
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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
  • G. King
    York , U.K
    4/18/16
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    "Anecdote Heaven ... if you like that kind of thing"

    I was excited to start this audio book as I'm looking for methodologies to help me develop and engaged in a more productive lifestyle ( standard ) Something I can employ to counteract the procrastination dilemma on writing a personal statement, developing a website and generally pushing my career aspirations in the right direction.

    The beginning chapters ease you into solid examples explaining the psychology behind the different Mindset's employed by children in the classroom and a good understanding is gained. This is continued through out the book as we focus on case studies from CEO's to SPORTING STARS.

    I found example after example became tiring,.. and a little judgmental and gossipy.....

    However I think the point of making these anecdotes are valid and really nail in the how people have made life changing successes and failures which play out in consideration to how there mindset is working.

    My disappointment is not learning of any skills which may be applied. I take from the book the general ideas and found it light and positive to listen too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marko Laving
    Viimsi, Estonia
    4/11/16
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    "Must read twice"

    This is good book to understand how to change and stay in growth mindset mode. Important reading for parents and businessmen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexandre C.
    4/10/16
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    "Compelling point of view, but"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book presents the topic of Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset in a simplified form. Easy to understand, and quickly catches your attention. Unfortunately it doesn't go much further than that initial brief introduction to the topic. After you know what the fixed and growth mindsets are, you are just stuck in a 7 hours long list of examples applied to different areas. After listening to the whole book, I felt like I could have just stopped half way through and I would have learned just as much.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carol Dweck again?

    Not sure


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Marguerite Gavin?

    Yes


    Could you see Mindset being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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