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 liked that the author distinguished between the two mindsets with several practical examples in addition to defining the two. This book is good to read for all careers, personal life, and any other component of a persons life.
I loved this book for its message of growth vs fixed mindset. It's a very relevant concept and one that could really change the way we fulfill our own potential by focusing on learning from all failures.
However, the book was very repetitive and drawn out. I felt that I had diminishing returns from reading the whole book, and I would suggest for anyone who is interested to read an article and summary on the book rather than the whole book itself.
Ok,so I had the best intentions.I started listening for work, but now I'm re-discovering the classic sci-fi books that I read as a kid.
This book was handed out by our company for all of our branch managers and c-types to read. Instead I bought the audio book so that I could listen between offices. Marguerite Gavin, the reader did a great job, I liked her voice......and Dr. Dweck's message was awesome.
Closed mindset vs. Growth mindset is the basis for the book. We all have moments when we can be either but the goal is to first identify which mode you are operating in and then to spend more and more time in the growth mindset mode. It will also help you to communicate with others as you will begin to identify what mode they are in.
This book is great for a lot of audiences; office or business, teams, parents, kids, can all benefit from having this discussion and time of discovery.
Though this book may fall into a category called "psychology" there is nothing hard about the concepts or cumbersome to learn....it is about listening to and paying attention to your own attitudes and self talk and observing it in others.
This is one that I will come back to and recommend to others who want to grow.
This would be a hard book to digest in one sitting...imo. I think it is more like a fine wine....small sips over a period of time. Each time you come back you get to appreciate the last sip and jump in for the next.
I've read a lot of business, motivational, positive thinking type books over the years. Some try to grind out complex concepts that you try to roll out in real life.....from chapter one, you will begin to see what Dr. Dweck is talking about, see it around you and see how you have been in closed or growth mindsets over the years.
I've been aware of Carol Dweck's work on mindsets for some time, but it was good to finally read her book. This information can be life- changing!!
This is a very enlightening book. It explained me to a T. and the reasons as to why people have either helped me on my journey or put me down along the way. It has given me a renewed outlook on work, being a mother in the future and new ways of helping myself and others grow using the growth mindset even more than I had in the past.
If u have kids (or planing to) and want them to live a successful life, u should not only read but also study this book. For this book will teach u how praising ur kids could cause more harm than good if done in the usual way.
"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
"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.
"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.
"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.
"A book to change your life"
An excellent read, just the occasional change of word was used away from the book.
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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