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.
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"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)
Some people complain about her voice, but that's no reason to knock it, I personally really like the analogy's and all the examples. The book is extremely informative, and still extremely entertaining.
I loved the content but really preferred the way the author read the introduction rather than the narrator of the rest of the book. Overall though it was excellent.
A potentially terrific topic, but watered down with simplistic, repetitive anecdotes. Application limited to comments like, "Michael has a growth mindset; be like Michael. John has a fixed mindset; don't be like John." I had really hoped for something much more substantial, generalizing the topic, and with stronger application recommendations. This was complicated by a narrator who constantly sounded scolding and judgmental. All in all, disappointing.
THis book offers am erie and sometimes uncomfortable mirror to look into, all in the name of growth. It gave me a new set of tools, and examples of when and how they can be applied. I look forward to trying out the concepts in this book in everyday life.
an easy listen. the idea is repeated, but I didn't find it boring to listen to, except for the sports chapter, which I have zero interest in. in fact, the repetition of the main theme allowed me to spend time contemplating on the many different ways the fixed mindset had infected my thought at all stages of life.
This book has been on my reading list for years. As a fan of Malcolm gladwell's and similar success-oriented writers, I had been blown away by dweck's concepts of growth mindset & fixed mindset. Unfortunately, the book did very little to add to my knowledge of the original concepts. As an avid sports fan, I was insulted by dweck's superficial examples of John McEnroe (fixed mindset), Bobby knight (fixed), versus Michael Jordan (growth) and tiger woods (growth). These complicated success stories deserve chapter-long explorations, rather than cliche-driven paragraphs that dweck gives. I laughed out loud when dweck uses tiger woods as an example of a growth mindset, & that his father earl groomed him with equal interest in developing tiger into a "great person" as a champion golfer. Clearly, with the knowledge of what we've learned about tiger since 2009, "growth mindset" & tiger is a laughable connection. This is not to say tiger woods would not make an interesting exploration, but the complications of
his story would take a thoughtful 20-30 pages, not a filled-with-cliches paragraph that dweck provides.
Interesting, however, it could have been summarized in about one brief paragraph. Spent the majority of the time repeating the same concept just in different scenarios and case studies. Concept is, fixed mindset people think you either have what it takes or not, growth means you think you can grow/improve through effort and then they're often more successful and happier than the fixed. Overall good, not mind blowing, but interesting.
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