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)
Awesome book! As a parent and coach I appreciate the different approaches to working with kids. I had no idea there was good and bad praise. I am going to improve my growth mindset.
I loved the book, lots of useful information. The author explained everything in detail and gave good examples. The only drawback I found was the narrator's rate of speed. At the beginning I even thought it was slightly fast-forwarded. It felt like she was in a rush to read the book as fast as possible. Eventually, I got used to her performance, but when I sent the book to my sister, she said she couldn't listen to it as it felt overly upbeat and rushed.
I couldn't finish listening to the book. I'm going to read the print version instead. This was a waste of a credit. I found the cadence and tone of the narrator's voice insufferable. The inflections were odd and it sounded like it was being read with a big, fake, cheery smile. It reminded me of the enthusiastic happy voices of mattress and furniture commercials.
I wish I would have read this years ago. it's clear I've been guilty of the fixed mindset and all the problems that go with it. This book makes me more excited for the future.
This is a great insight to our own mindsets. I've come to find myself developing my cognitive skills both at work and at home. It is your classic, must-read self help book.
this is one of the best books I've ever read. I wish you were required in all schools and for all teachers. it makes Anyone who reads it a better person and gives them a healthier approach to 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
"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.
"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.
This book has taught me lessons I will use for the rest of my life. I will definitely read it again. I have found so many things I can pass on to my children.
I found this book to be massively helpful. It helped me understand more about myself, but also how I could help those around me.
As had been noted in other reviews, there is a common point that is repeated many times, but the different contexts help to understand the subject in different ways. Even towards the end of the book I was able to think how this applied to different parts of my life. I'm planning to listen to the book again!!
If ever you needed the confidence to throw off self doubt and embrace continuous growth, this book is a great support!
Loved nearly every minute the growth mindset concept is not a quick fix but one that can make a big difference in all aspects of life.
In a lot of ways I don't think I am a fixed mindset person. I'm not afraid to try new things and I question the status quo. but this book taught me that I was more an optimist than a growth mindset. as with all of these books. I resonate with the scenarios fixed mindset people do and then wonder what I should do differently. this book gave the growth response almost immediately after the example. i specifically liked the follow through on hard problems with where when and how questions. I'm good at reminding myself in the night to do something but when morning comes I can busy myself with something else. ill use that tip tomorrow. or maybe the next day...
"I'll read it multiple times "
a book many people should read which can provide practical and life changing advice on how to approach different facets of life.
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