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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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    Pa 06-16-16
    Pa 06-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Change the way I think about life and things."

    I am so thankful for this book. This have been the most educational and opened mind book. I can relate to how a fixed mind I have been. It opens the doors of opportunities for me to become a growth minded person. I have to recommend this books to my sisters and children. Now I am learning how to change my thinking so I can learn and grow.

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    Trey T. Dallas 06-13-16
    Trey T. Dallas 06-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "More than parenting"

    I bought this book thinking it will teach me how to properly raise my kids in a growth mindset so that they will always continue to learn, but I soon found out that I was stuck in a fixed mindset in my own life. This book has taught me more than I originally had hoped.

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    Daniel Blaisdell Alice Springs, NT Australia 06-07-16
    Daniel Blaisdell Alice Springs, NT Australia 06-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Almost there...needs a part on conscious awareness and emotional intelligence"

    Almost there. Any self help book needs to start out with a conscious awareness primer rather than taking it for granted that people are consciously aware of their thought and actions and the influence of those things on others. Basically, are people aware of their degree of emotional intelligence they possess.

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    Klinton D. Washburn 06-07-16

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    "A good read, learned much, watch your kids ears"

    A good book. It helps open your mind. You get the point after the first three chapters. The rest explains all the different ways that this "mindset" can be applied. It was a good book. I wish that it bleeped things out instead of swearing. After bleeping it out myself I would highly recommend it to a friend.

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    John 06-05-16
    John 06-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Everyone should read this book"

    This boo is crucial to understanding yourself and ways to improve on your strengths as well as strengthening your weaknesses.

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    Mayank 06-03-16
    Mayank 06-03-16

    Too much reading will dry your mind...

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    "Reads like Toohey, although not entirely evil"
    Would you try another book from Carol Dweck and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    I will not read another Dweck book because she mixes facts and reasons in the wrong way. Like Thomas Sowell says - A happened and then B happened - does not automatically mean A caused B. Maybe there is a C that caused both A and B. I would agree that it is important to have a growth mindset - but not because individualism is bad and the opinion of others is always right. It is important to not have CEO disease, but to permanently live with self-doubt is not healthy either. Talent is not enough, but surrounding yourself with lack of talent is not a key to success either. "IF" you do not win at something try again. What if you never wanted to play that game? But were cornered into doing it, by your parents, society, or bosses? Lecturing someone to do better next time is not always right. Maybe they wanted to do something different all along. Maybe they want to change the game.


    Any additional comments?

    For those who do not know Toohey from Ayn Rand's Fountainhead - read Fountainhead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JustSayin 06-01-16
    JustSayin 06-01-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A must read, for anyone"

    As a husband, a parent, a business owner, etc there was no aspect of my life this discussion on mindset didn't touch. It's one of those reads I wish I had been exposed to in my early teens as I was starting to try and understand what life was all about.

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    Ken 05-28-16
    Ken 05-28-16
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    "Humble Carol is Not"
    Would you try another book from Carol Dweck and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another book from Carol Dweck? Why or why not?

    No, there are other like books with similar information


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, very well


    Do you think Mindset needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If there is one, I would seek advice on how to approach the writting from a different perspective


    Any additional comments?

    I would suggest not telling how amazing you are throughout the book, it is a real deal killer. the constent layups on what others say about your approach while Im listening to the book just makes me cringe. Be humble and let the book stand on its own merit. The information is solid but please stop patting yourself on the back every 10 pages......just relax

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    ana c. 05-26-16
    ana c. 05-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "interesting"
    If you could sum up Mindset in three words, what would they be?

    change to a growth mindset


    What did you like best about this story?

    examples and stories of people in day to day life,famous coaches,athletes and business people,the perspective each story gives you


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    almost,it took me 4 days


    Any additional comments?

    if you are a coach,teacher or a future/present parent this book will tackle your old beliefs about your mindset.

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    Scott Duclos, QC, Canada 05-25-16
    Scott Duclos, QC, Canada 05-25-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Watch the Ted talk - save yourself 8 hours"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Never has an obvious point been so thoroughly belaboured.......plus the constant promises to teach you howto change your mindset that never materialized.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The rampant narcissism of the author didn't help - here are all the letters people have written to me, telling me how great I am.....


    What didn’t you like about Marguerite Gavin’s performance?

    Not great. Her tone of voice was annoying and she insisted on doing voices for quotations.


    Do you think Mindset needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Please, no. The point has been completely beaten to death in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    A useful premise, but pretty painful listening.

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  • MR
    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

    9 of 9 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
    1/12/16
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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
    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.


    2 of 2 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.

    5 of 6 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
  • Amazon Customer
    8/22/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • stryder
    7/14/16
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    "Good concept but drawn out in this book"

    Was urged to read/listen to this book. Whilst introducing a good concept I think points were drawn out too much. Some examples didn't seem relevant. Found it hard to stay interested. May be a little more padded out than it needs to be. There other books that cover growth mindset better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan Maddison
    Maidenhead, Berkshire United Kingdom
    6/17/16
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    "#MindsetMatters"

    An entertaining informative well researched book about the missing key ingredient to success in all areas of your life!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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