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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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    John Chesterfield, MO, United States 09-24-10
    John Chesterfield, MO, United States 09-24-10 Member Since 2015

    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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    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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    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 Member Since 2016
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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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  • David
    5/7/16
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    "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.

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  • G. King
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    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.

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  • 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


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  • K. Notley
    Cheshire UK
    3/14/16
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    "Insightful, Eye Opening & Thought Provoking"

    Great for those who want to make actual changes to their thought processes and mindset.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    2/15/16
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    "Really insightful but repetitive"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Absolutely, but it could have covered the subject matter in much less time...


    If you’ve listened to books by Carol Dweck before, how does this one compare?

    First book by CD, but very worthwhile.


    What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

    I really liked it, fast paced and energetic...


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Nope...


    Any additional comments?

    Great insight, it will change my mindset, but too long a book... I didn't finish it, I hope I didn't miss out on anything...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drew Quayle
    7/4/15
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    "A book to change your life"

    An excellent read, just the occasional change of word was used away from the book.

    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

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