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Mindset Audiobook

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Bebe Centreville, VA 08-25-11
    Bebe Centreville, VA 08-25-11 Member Since 2015
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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!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    ROCK 10-01-10
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    "Mindset: THe new psychology of Success"

    Mindset the new psychology of success is a breath of fresh air into the field of peak performance. It matches my anecdotal experience as a teacher and school counsellor. The paradigm of grow and fixed mindsets and the links to nero plasticity is exciting in its possibilities.

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    John MENLO PARK, CA, United States 09-08-15
    John MENLO PARK, CA, United States 09-08-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Literally Mind-Altering"

    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.

    2 of 2 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 2016
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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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    AKL Fort Lee, NJ 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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Blackburn 12-29-14
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    "It was okay"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lorian Yucaipa, CA, United States 09-05-14
    Lorian Yucaipa, CA, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not helpful"
    Any additional comments?

    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).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gerardo Austin, TX, United States 03-11-14
    Gerardo Austin, TX, United States 03-11-14 Member Since 2011

    Businessman, Technologist, Marketer. Loves to learn and enjoys books. Mostly nonfiction plus historic novels.

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    "Great concept that could be explained in a booklet"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ethan 02-01-14
    Ethan 02-01-14
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    "Terrible. Fluffy stories, no depth"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ed POINT COOK, Australia 01-02-14
    Ed POINT COOK, Australia 01-02-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Growth Mindset Good - Fixed Mindset Bad...Got it!!"

    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.

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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

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    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.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Piotr Skup
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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
  • 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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alex M
    Buckinghamshire
    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.

    6 of 7 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.

    2 of 2 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
  • Matthew
    9/12/16
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    "very insightful"

    In a lot of ways I don't think I am a fixed mindset person. I'm not afraid to try new things and I question the status quo. but this book taught me that I was more an optimist than a growth mindset. as with all of these books. I resonate with the scenarios fixed mindset people do and then wonder what I should do differently. this book gave the growth response almost immediately after the example. i specifically liked the follow through on hard problems with where when and how questions. I'm good at reminding myself in the night to do something but when morning comes I can busy myself with something else. ill use that tip tomorrow. or maybe the next day...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • aldo
    9/8/16
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    "I'll read it multiple times "

    a book many people should read which can provide practical and life changing advice on how to approach different facets of life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kedar
    9/7/16
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    "Fantastic"

    Helped me change way I talk and act, myself, with my kids and with my partner. So much awesomeness. Defo worth a listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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