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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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    Doug United States 04-09-12
    Doug United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Well rendered argument for the growth mindset..."

    ...and provocative castigation of the fixed mindset. The author (C. Dweck) wants to convince you of the power, efficacy, and general all around goodness of the growth mindset. She does this by offering anecdotes and well reasoned abstractions from both emiprical data and thought experiments.
    With Marguerite Gavin's narration the pace is kept lively and interesting. I suspect that in less capable hands the text would come across too dry and pedantic.
    Stick with the book to its conclusion, there is something for everyone. You'll have opportunity to question some conclusions, gain some deeper perspective and come away saying, "Yeah, this makes enough sense that it is worth pursuing."
    It is easy to pigeon-hole Dr. Dweck's work as just another treatment of some niche aspect of neo-self help. And, I'd be the first to admit that offerings like Tipping Point, Blink, Quiet, Rapt, or other single-word neologisms all seem to be circling some undisclosed unifying idea. But this book can stand on its own, boldy admit it is one facet of a larger gem, and leave the reader/listener satisfied and edified.

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    stefano gentile venezia, Italy 04-09-12
    stefano gentile venezia, Italy 04-09-12
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    "Too bad that true voice change after 5 min"
    What did you like best about Mindset? What did you like least?

    the theme of mindset is particularly interesting for me, I did not like at all the swich that has been made for speeding the voice during the reading. It sounds quite innatural and anxious. It is really a shame on this great work that Carol Dwek did on her book.


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    John Faisandier Wellington, New Zealand 03-29-12
    John Faisandier Wellington, New Zealand 03-29-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Clear and Practical"
    What made the experience of listening to Mindset the most enjoyable?

    Simple ideas that i could apply to myself and to relationships with other people.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is not a story book, although lots of stories to illustrate points.


    What???s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    That I can change my mindset and that I swing from fixed to growth mindset freely, so the choice is mine.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the chapters were padding, too many illustrations from business and sports world that didn't move the content along.

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    Steven Coupeville, WA, United States 03-19-12
    Steven Coupeville, WA, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2010

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    "A must read for every parent, teacher and coach."

    Did you know that you can reduce someone's intelligence by complimenting them on how smart they are? This is counter-intuitive for most people.

    Dweck describes the "Fixed Mindset" which represents a common, limited view of ability and potential. She then shows how the "Growth Mindset" will allow you to achieve anything you wish, even raising your intelligence!

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    Andrew Nilma north, Australia 03-13-12
    Andrew Nilma north, Australia 03-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "good book worth a listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Mindset the most enjoyable?

    There was a lot of practical advise to help understand the difference between the growth and fixed mind set and ways to implement change in your life


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    Jill SANFORD, NC, United States 02-21-12
    Jill SANFORD, NC, United States 02-21-12

    As the adult child of a wonderful Mother who read to me daily as a preschooler, I LOVE Audible books! A good book on my smart phone daily.

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    "Awesome book for self evaluation"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mindset to be better than the print version?

    I do appreciate the audio version because it is much easier to incorporate the learning experience into my busy schedule.
    I can listen while I work, drive, get ready for work, ....


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mindset?

    learning about myself


    What three words best describe Marguerite Gavin’s performance?

    good - easy listen


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Be inspired by new challenges...not defeated. If it is difficult, it is a great opportunity to LEARN.


    Any additional comments?

    Appreciated the truths I found it this book. Very inspirational,

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    Jordan Riverton, UT, United States 02-13-12
    Jordan Riverton, UT, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "insightful"

    Practical and easy advise for every aspect of life. This should be required material for every school to teach.

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    Zainab Janusan, Bahrain 12-12-11
    Zainab Janusan, Bahrain 12-12-11
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    "Very well thought out, easy to follow"

    It ranks at the top, it is easy to listen to and you can go back and revisit an idea every now and then. I listen to a lot of motivational books and I really liked this one.

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    Marvin Chico, ca, United States 11-25-11
    Marvin Chico, ca, United States 11-25-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Mindset Stories"

    The author hits the mark on describing and providing examples of a fixed and open mindset.
    The majority of the book is examples not so much learning about how to change ones mindset. I got the picture about half way through and wanted to move on but example after example kept coming. If I had the book in hand I would have skimmed to the end. And then I was disappointed at the lack of depth on the teaching how that is front and center in the title of the book.

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    David Quakers Hill, Australia 10-05-11
    David Quakers Hill, Australia 10-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Overrated"

    I found that the narration was so "gushing" as to be virtually unlistenable and the content was less than original with virtually nothing new. Disappointing.

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