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)
I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone! I think it should be mandatory reading for anyone who wishes to bring a child into this world or is responsible for their rearing. Parents, teachers, coaches, counselors, etc. Or if you have been a victim of one of these stubborn fixed mindset people. Time for everyone to reprogram!
TOO BLOODY FAST!
Work on cultivating the growth mindset. Steer clear of the fixed mindset and the people stuck in it.
Anyone wishing to listen to this book should listen to it on 0.75 speed. It is absolutely perfect at that speed. Only then is it manageable to assimilate everything you are learning. It feels way to rushed otherwise. Marguerite Gavin sounded like she had to get to the bathroom the entire time and needed to finish narrating before she went. It was way, way, way too fast. 0.75 and you are golden.
This book will show you why we think they way we do, how to think properly & show us when our thoughts hurt or help us. Truly I am blessed to have this book in my life. If you like growing or you have relationship issues this will help you if you apply what you learn! Happy reading!
Avid Audio Book listener. Usual suspects are Leadership, Business, Philosophy, Biographies, and Random Fiction. But once every couple of months I choose a book I might not have picked...ever...but with good reviews.
Mindset can provide some interesting ideas and insight; however, see mindsets in a black and white: fixed or growth.
First the good. A lot of information in the book can be useful especially if you have never viewed the world to have options. It challenges the idea of the "old dog can't learn new tricks". If you have decided that is the way life is, then reading this book will find help.
Second the in-between: The narrator is so-so. The pacing is good at some points and then feel like it takes forever at others.
Third the bad: The book Mindset is so fixed in the idea there are only two mindsets and applies to everything is a stretch. Also if you are anyone who ever believed in practice or the fact you can change, this book will reinforce what you know already but won't give you anything new. It oversimplifies growth mindsets and does not discuss starting points.
Overall: If you are looking for a change from "being stuck" or don't believe you can change, the book can provide some help. If you have reinvented yourself or been trained/coached in sports in your life, it might not give you want you are looking for.
Exactly what I needed to hear. This book and its concepts are empowering yet honest. I treated success, and therefore failure, as identities since I was at least five years old, and I've been suffering in a squalor of safety for most of that time. This book describes the mindset of growth in a way that makes it very easy to absorb and appreciate. A lot of examples of real people with fixed and growth ideals are used throughout, which I found really helped. I will be listening through again.
This is a piece of literature everyone should enjoy! I highly recommend this book. There is life-changing information in mindset. I think you can change careers, relationships and thinking
Love the book. I was a fixed mindset and I did always blame my husband for our arguments, only to find out how much of our issues were my own. I owe him so many I'm sorry. The book was a wonderful eye opener. I can say thank you for such a wonderful book.
This is a true gem. It's the first time I can honestly say that this book can benefit anyone. Whether you're already growth minded and need a reminder or need a more growth minded outlook in a different aspect of your life. Or if you aren't the person you want or think you can be. Adopt the growth mindset. You'll be glad you did!
Maybe just a personal preference but I had a hard time stomaching the narrator; her impression of any male quote was aggravating and broke the rhythm due to its theatrical quality. I finished the book but really wish the narrator had been different.
"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
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Golden nuggets hidden in long winded stories"
The details around the static mind and growth mind types are insufficiently constructed in the beginning of the book. There are chapters of fast-paced stories of sports characters, but these are tedious unless you're into those sports and a long winded way of elaborating on the mind types.
The chapters about education and parenting are more useful as more readers can relate to these scenarios than the sports figures.
Summary chapter thankfully brings the book together, but I would have got 90% of the book by listening to this final chapter alone.
"Thought provoking and encouraging."
Challenged my preconceptions. Realised that my fixed mindset has been self defeating. However, reassuring to learn that you are not stuck but by acquiring a growth mindset, your outlook and outcomes change.
"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.
"Useful main theme."
The main theme of adopting/cultivating a growth mindset is interesting. Apart from this concept there is not much else to the book. I felt more specific instruction on how to implement the growth mindset in everyday life would have been beneficial.
"Compelling point of view, but"
The book presents the topic of Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset in a simplified form. Easy to understand, and quickly catches your attention. Unfortunately it doesn't go much further than that initial brief introduction to the topic. After you know what the fixed and growth mindsets are, you are just stuck in a 7 hours long list of examples applied to different areas. After listening to the whole book, I felt like I could have just stopped half way through and I would have learned just as much.
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