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
"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)
This book just became what everyone is getting for their birthday until everyone in my life has a copy.
The impact of this book cannot be overstated... The only negative thing I can say is that now I want more... I want to Growth. This book lets you see the Matrix.
Heard this book recommended by many thought leaders and influential people and I was not disappointed. The premise of the book is simple and easily understood and the concept is very thoroughly explained both with anecdotes and some research. I think the explanation of some of the anecdotes were a bit...convenient, but they ultimately illustrate the idea very well. Must read for everybody that wants to succeed in life.
The concept is wonderful! The message is exactly what I needed in my life. I'll be gifting this book to as many people as possibly can! I wasn't crazy about the narrator although she did an adequate job. My only complaint about the book itself was that I wish that the implementation section was longer with more of a concert action plan.
Carol describes a lifelong awareness and skill I desire to cultivate in myself and encourage in others,since I am a teacher. I recognize fixed mind sets in relatives, and can identify that as causes of hurting and broken relationships.
Margaret's voice matches the content of what she is reading, and is easy to listen to.
I am a middle school reading teacher who loves to show students the wonder and joy of reading.
It could have been much shorter. Every chapter seems to repeat itself.
The first few examples were worthwhile and then it got tiresome.
This book "disrupted" my thought life. It illuminated my mentality proclivities, and highlighted some danger zones in my thinking patterns. I would recommend this revolutionary read to anyone wishing to unlock personal understanding.
And like it. I just saved you $20.
Advice is good but I dislike blanket statements like "the Oakland A's almost won the World Series because of a growth mindset. " I read money ball. There was a heck of a lot more going on than positive mindset.
"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.
"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
"An introduction into a new vision"
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.
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.
I enjoy the comparisons from all the provided angles (business, personal, family) between the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.
Yes, but I don't have the time to listen to it in one go.
"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.
"A book to change your life"
An excellent read, just the occasional change of word was used away from the book.
so interesting and inspirational. Makes you want to change and shows you how to do it. Listen a few times to help it sink in.
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.
"If there's one business book to read, this is it."
Great business book and well read.
Get it now. Will change your mindset.
Undoubtedly a class book and so influential.
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.
I absolutely loved this. Dweck has successfully challenged my preconceptions and has inspired me to focus on the process of improvement rather than outcomes.
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