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)
An excellent and useful book that genuinely changed how I think about certain things, especially in regards to my daughter and my students.
Excellent and thought-provoking book.
If you condensed this book into 45 minutes and charged under $5 say, $1 then this book would have been ok. There just isn't much to learn here if you've even read one book on the topic or heard Wayne Dwyer or Oprah talk for 10 minutes.
There are so many wonderful books out there on this topic by Authors such as Stephen Covey, Tony Robbins, James Ray (although I know he is personally controversial his book is great), Wayne Dwyer, Cheryl Richardson and scores of others.
Go to the search bar and type in Mindset and voila... better alternatives abound.
I might try another book, but perhaps not in audible form. The narration was almost corny I would say. I tried to get the narration out of my head by reading the book, but I could hear the narrator's voice in my head.
The book has not turned me off from other books in this genre, but I would carefully read reviews and listen to excerpts before buying another.
Lose the mimicking of the male voices. It was borderline annoying, Just read the book. You can illustrate passion and conviction without those voices. I did not feel invested when I read about John McEnroe and other individuals. I wanted him to shut up.
John McEnroe. The story went on forever. I get that you want there to be a comparison or contrast between both mindsets, but the book read more like case studies, that could have turned into conventions about what you would do, rather than offering advice about how to frame your thinking. These individuals were celebrities and famous people. Within their work, they were already in a place where they could go up or down. The average person is not where some of the individuals were in this book. It is hard to relate and I found no empathy for some of these individuals.
Interesting information. However, she seems to imply that everything in the universe can be explained by a fixed vs. growth mindset. Also, the narrator has an irritating voice which becomes more so by the end of the book.
I think this is the first audible book I bought that I decided not to finish. I can't say if it is helpful later on since I only listened to the first hour and a half, but that was more than an hour of listening after I decided I wasn't really interested. She divides people into two categories, those who believe you can increase your intelligence and those who don't. She details all the characteristics of each group, non believers are stuck in trying to prove themselves and cannot handle challenges and will not learn much, believers can learn and are eager for a challenge because failure doesn't mean their intelligence is low. She then says that if you do not believe you can increase your intelligence she can help you change so that you do believe it. I was done at that point. Believing that my intelligence won't change with effort doesn't mean I can't grow and learn, since I believe my abilities do change with effort. Either my definition of intelligence is different than hers, or I disagree with her premise. I also believe that she assumes since people she labels for one group or the other have similar characteristics it justifies the grouping. Correlation does not indicate a cause and effect relationship, or even a direct relationship. I decided to try something else rather than fish for what might be helpful here. There are plenty of really good self-help books. Some that I like are Mindsight, Daring Greatly and Advanced Energy Anatomy (strange title, really helpful book).
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This book is about a single idea: there are two basic midsets, one establishes we have a fixed set of abilities that limits our performance in life, another one that ability is acquired and we can get better if we keep learning. The consequences are huge: telling a kid he is inherently dumb (or smart) is very dangerous - we should assess effort and focus, not judge someone's intelligence as something that is set forever.
I think the author could have made the argument in 30 minutes, maybe an hour. The rest of the audiobook is made of example after example that reiterates the same concept over and over. Aside from the section on educating kids, I think all this is unnecessary.
Still, it is a good book and a hugely important concept. The key learnings from this book should be mandatory training for any parent or leader.
Mindset is full of unconvincing anecdotes about celebrities, athletes, ceo's having the growth mindset. Her research is barely skimmed and there is little practical advice. It's as if the book was written by a hack self-help writer, rather than a successful psychologist.
This did not have to be a whole book, most of the material is anecdotal which the author repeats ad nauseum. The name of the title implied there was more to the book, after the first chapter the difference between the two mindsets is pretty clear, there rest is just more of the same.
Dead boring prose laying out obvious weak example after obvious weak example on how it's better to have a "growth mindset" (where you learn from your mistakes and continue to grow) vs a "fixed mindset" (where you view your cement as being dry and see mistakes as cracks). Nice bit of wisdom but I just gave you every bit of valuable content in one half of one sentence. Somehow this author spread it over an entire book, and possibly career. Very little content for the money.
Say something about yourself!
Rather than dwell continuously on fixed vs growing mindsets it would have helped more to learn of how to develop growing mindsets. The author dwells almost exclusively on the consequences of the two mindsets rather than the causes of the two.
No, i will be more selective in what i purchase
A little too fast a reader
"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.
"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.
"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.
"An introduction into a new vision"
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.
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.
I enjoy the comparisons from all the provided angles (business, personal, family) between the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.
Yes, but I don't have the time to listen to it in one go.
"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.
"Thought provoking and encouraging."
Challenged my preconceptions. Realised that my fixed mindset has been self defeating. However, reassuring to learn that you are not stuck but by acquiring a growth mindset, your outlook and outcomes change.
"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.
"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.
"Compelling point of view, but"
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.
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