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
"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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The narrator's voice was extremely robotic, to the point of parody. Very difficult to listen to.
High School English Teacher & Devoted Shakespeare Fan
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.
The content is excellent. Dr. Dweck's research is impeccable.
I didn't care for the narrator, she sounded almost mechanical.
The narrator sounds like a computer generated voice.
Change your mindset, change your life.
I enjoyed it so much that I bought a hard copy as a gift.
Say something about yourself!
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".
Great info on the power, influence and contagiousness of our mindset! Valuable for individuals, families, leaders and organizations.
Author does a great job netting together key life scenarios to learn how to apply a growth mindset for a much better outcome.
"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
"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.
"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.
"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.
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!
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
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