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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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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 2004

    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 21 people found this review helpful
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    Robin CANYON COUNTRY, CA, United States 01-23-14
    Robin CANYON COUNTRY, CA, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2013
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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.

    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 2005
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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.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Joe HOOVER, AL, United States 03-04-14
    Joe HOOVER, AL, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2013
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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.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jairam TORONTO, ON, Canada 03-24-12
    Jairam TORONTO, ON, Canada 03-24-12

    Not an avid reader, but what i read i tend to digest and always aier.m to grow from any reading i take up. Which is why i tend to avoid fiction. I am an accountant a CPA and am presently back in India taking care of my elderly fath

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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


    1 of 1 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 2011

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    12-06-10
    12-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "food for thought"

    interesting perspective on many subjects, I would recomend this book for everone. Business and Parenting

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Al San Francisco, CA 06-07-10
    Al San Francisco, CA 06-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Benefits of being a growth mindset person..."

    Very good description of fixed vs growth mindset and the advantages of being a growth mindset and how to avoid being a fixed mindset.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Edith Seal Beach, CA, USA 03-14-09
    Edith Seal Beach, CA, USA 03-14-09 Member Since 2008
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    "life changing"

    This is a great book that gives you the skills to change your life. It deals with all aspects of life. It provides the tools to improve your life by continuing to grow and to help your children learn habits that will make them winners.

    17 of 25 people found this review helpful
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