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Mindset Audiobook

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

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Publisher's Summary

Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work and relationships, and how we raise our kids, ultimately predicting whether or not we will fulfill our potential. Dweck has found that everyone has one of two basic mindsets.If you have the fixed mindset, you believe that your talents and abilities are set in stone - either you have them or you don't. You must prove yourself over and over, trying to look smart and talented at all costs. This is the path of stagnation. If you have a growth mindset, however, you know that talents can be developed and that great abilities are built over time. This is the path of opportunity - and success.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    John Blackman 11-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A must-read for anyone"

    if you want to improve your station in life read this book. It is one of the single most influential books I have read on achieving what you want in life and it's a very simple concept. has changed the way I will raise my children and the way I will work I am very grateful to have read it.

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    Tommy 11-06-16
    Tommy 11-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant!"

    A must read for your career, social life and parenthood. Easy to listen to, interesting, helpful and scientific....

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    Thuvishan 11-02-16
    Thuvishan 11-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Strong Concept"

    l would recommend this book to apply the lessons taught to your everyday living. It was well narrated and hammered home the necessity of applying the growth mindset in every facet of your life.

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    Paul F. Melcher 10-29-16
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    "missed the mark"

    Don't get this. I thought it was going to be a great book. The premise was sound. after the first chapters it was the same thing over and over. The stories were redundant and the impact was missing. Do not recommend it at all.

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    tara thompson 10-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The Meat & Potatoes are in here... so is the fluff"

    Good book. Great concept. Excessive anecdotes. Tons of take-aways. If you want the Keys without the stories and repetition (8 hrs+), look for the notes. Or a shorter version/summary of the book. Very knowledgeable author, though.

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    roscomann 10-28-16
    roscomann 10-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Insights, Love the Idea of 2 Ruling Mindsets"

    Loved the thought provoking questions written in a way to help the reader "pulse check" through the book.

    Only suggestion, felt like too many scenarios were covered with heavy emphasis on sports persons and kids.

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    Ann N. 10-27-16
    Ann N. 10-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Repeating the same thing over and over again"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I didnt finish listening to whole thing because I felt as though the author repeats herself over and over.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Carol Dweck? Why or why not?

    No


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    Kindle Customer 10-27-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Good for parents but lacking steps for adults."

    I really liked the information about mindset and what it is, how it manifests , and how to know which you are. But unless you are a parent looking to help a child you won't find a lot about the steps necessary to change your own mindset. I wish I had had this information years ago. My own kids would have benefited greatly. I would definitely recommend this to any parent.

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    Mayte 10-27-16
    Mayte 10-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Speed seems to be off"

    Great book but the speak of the narrator seemed to be off and changed in the middle of the book. First it was very fast and then became more normal.

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    Alfonso Salas 10-26-16
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    "Amazing"

    Love it!! Gave me a different perspective on how to handle my words in a growth mind aspect.

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  • MR
    Crawley, United Kingdom
    3/26/13
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    "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

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Leigh-on-Sea, United Kingdom
    6/14/12
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    "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.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Alex M
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    11/6/15
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    "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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Anonimo Nonlodico
    1/12/16
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Latino
    United Kingdom
    5/5/15
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    "An introduction into a new vision"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mindset to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoy the comparisons from all the provided angles (business, personal, family) between the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I don't have the time to listen to it in one go.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • C. Rockne-meyer
    UK
    10/5/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bubby
    Croydon
    9/5/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/22/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    5/7/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alexandre C.
    4/10/16
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    "Compelling point of view, but"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carol Dweck again?

    Not sure


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Marguerite Gavin?

    Yes


    Could you see Mindset being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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