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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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    Joe HOOVER, AL, United States 03-04-14
    Joe HOOVER, AL, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Better Title: Case Study in Selling Books"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Honestly, noone. The concept is too simplistic and, quite frankly, it's too obvious. It is clear from the testimonials and other reviewers that I'm not 100% correct. Dweck has clearly reached people and I am sincerely glad that she's helped others but I remain stubbornly optimistic that most adults would find this book unhelpful.


    What was most disappointing about Carol Dweck’s story?

    I perfectly accept Dweck major idea but I am also thoroughly disappointed that she offered nothing else. For 276 pages....or the audiobook time equivalent...Dweck drones on applying the one concept to specific scenarios. She telling her readers how to be emotional mature, a concept that only emotionally mature people will really get.

    Her only contribution, if any, is the explanation that mindsets need not be fixed.


    Did Marguerite Gavin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Ms. Gavin did a fine job. I have no comments for her.


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

    I would edit the tone of the presentation. To me, the book read as a direct criticism, which is comically ironic because only people of fixed mindsets are apt to judge, according to Dweck. Her tone expressed that those imploring a fixed mindset are wasting their lives, unlike the wonderfully creative, productive, successful, exemplary persons that take HER advice of using a growth mindset.

    The reader also gets the sense that she OWNS this idea, like it's something so novel. "If I use the Dweck Thereom, I'll have a growth mindset and be perfect!"...said noone ever.


    Any additional comments?

    If I may be so arrogant - and I'm admitting as such - I can boil this whole book down to one paragraph:

    In a nutshell, Dr. Dweck believes that all people fall into one of two categories: ones with a growth mindset and ones with a fixed mindset. Those with a growth mindset do not see obstacles as barriers but as challenges to overcome that ultimately make them better. Conversely, those of a fixed mindset walk away from these obstacles either content with the status quo or afraid of the failure. Although the idea can be used in a general sense, the mindsets can also be used for specific situations. How do I approach sports? How do I approach relationships? How do I approach politics? We will inevitable find we are a mosaic of mindsets fixed in certain areas and open in others. What's important is the knowledge that we can change our mindset toward anything if we want to.

    The ONLY reason I am giving this 2-stars is because I believe her major idea is something that should be discussed and talked about. A person's mindset, I believer, is a major contributor to success, but certainly not the only one and, unlike Dweck, I am not eager to suggest that it is the principal driver for success.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 01-23-14
    Robin 01-23-14
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    "Condensending"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who needs help and encouragement changing from the static mindset to the dynamic one.


    What was most disappointing about Carol Dweck’s story?

    Repetitive, condescending. Reminds me of those commercials with the guy sitting around the table of kids asking if a certain activity is bad or good.
    This is bad, see why it's bad? here's another example of why it's bad. You should do this instead, this is good, here's an example of why it's good. Go do it.


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

    I have no opinion on the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't listen past chapter 1.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Chantilly, VA, United States 08-25-11
    Beverly Chantilly, VA, United States 08-25-11 Member Since 2015

    Pet Sitter

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    "Get SET for a disappointed MIND!"

    The first chapter identifies, explains, and gives examples of the two mindsets. The balance of this book is filled with example upon example followed by example of each mindset under different circumstances. I felt as if the examples needed to end and a more in depth analysis of each mindset's psychology - maybe even a reasoning as to it's fruition- warranted addressing. The only valuable information was contained in the first chapter. This was more like a magazine article hiding in a book's jacket!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Chesterfield, MO, United States 09-24-10
    John Chesterfield, MO, United States 09-24-10 Member Since 2014

    I love studyng business.

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    "Growth Mind Set here I come!"

    This book is awesome. It is simple, easy to understand and is packed with jewels of information about how to live and understand ourselves so we can get past the bs and actually enjoy life. I highly recommend this book to the world. I feel it should be recommended reading for every human.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Rosalind Novato, CA, United States 03-19-15
    Rosalind Novato, CA, United States 03-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Condense to 45 minutes and charge 1 $"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Lansing, MI USA 12-24-12
    Greg Lansing, MI USA 12-24-12 Member Since 2006
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    "1 pound of "content" in a 5 pound bag"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jairam 03-24-12
    Jairam 03-24-12 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Dated and ordinary"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Has Mindset turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, i will be more selective in what i purchase


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    A little too fast a reader


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley Colorado Springs, CO, United States 11-30-10
    Bradley Colorado Springs, CO, United States 11-30-10 Member Since 2008
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    "See got Columbine Wrong!"

    I think this text is insightful and well gone. What gets me is when an author totally blows a section of the book and thus her credibility because the subject she is discussing is not properly researched. The author does this when she talks about the Columbine shootings. The popular belief is that the Columbine shooters were relentlessly bullied. The actual facts are that they weren’t bullied and in fact one of them, Harris, was a typical bulling type offender himself. The definitive book on this subject is “Columbine” by Dave Cullen. It is one of Audible’s best sellers and irrefutably discounts the Columbine bulling myth. I’m sure that what the author is saying about bulling is correct but she never should have connected it to Columbine. It is sad that neither Carol Dweck nor her editors caught this egregious error.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon Wright 02-21-15
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    "Ok"

    The concept of the book is good but the stories are too repetitive. The book didn't offer how to change your mindset.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adhana K. Lahab 02-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Hard to empathize"
    Would you try another book from Carol Dweck and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    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.


    Has Mindset turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    What character would you cut from Mindset?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh-on-Sea, United Kingdom
    6/14/12
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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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    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

    3 of 3 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.


    0 of 0 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
  • Simon
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Great stuff for teachers and parents"

    This book really helps you to understand the way students think and how to motivate them effectively so that they strive to do the best they can. A genuine antidote to the creativity killing target based treadmill of levels et al. Read this especially if you are a tutor or housemaster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. D. Cox
    London
    5/31/11
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    "The truth about success and cheating"

    The truth about success and cheating, Shocking and life changing - a belief in the benefits of work is the key to success - scientifically proven!

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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