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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

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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)

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  • Peter
  • Australia
  • 12-24-10

Gems sparsely scattered throughout a desert

A difficult audio book to get through, but worth persisting. There are some gems that are wonderful to behold, but these are scattered sparsely within the book that is overly repetitive. I think Dr Dweck could have expressed her ideas by using about one quarter of the words she uses here. The tense, somewhat flat, voice of the reader, makes the search for the gems in the book a difficult one.

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 03-29-14

Profiles in Mindset

I am generally unimpressed by self-help books and this is no exception. I strongly agree with the basic premise, but I was not impressed at all by this book. There are hours of profiles of happy successful people (largely sports figures) who the author says have a growth mindset and unhappy people with limited success who the author says lack a growth mindset. This “new” psychology seems quite reminiscent of the deep philosophers of the last century like Norman Vincent Peale.

I am dubious that anyone starting without a growth mindset will be changed by this book. I am just as dubious anyone already possessing a grown mindset would appreciate these mind numbing profiles. This book felt like it was selling something. I checked out the free sample of the associated Brainology online program. Again, I totally agree with the premise, but found the sample Brainology lesson really weak. I am dubious of new educational fads with weak evidence that charge thousands of dollars for a school program.

I also found the author’s claim that our society worships talent more than effort and grit weak. Many of the qualities the author attributes to a growth mindset, openness, determination, effort, team-work, overcoming adversity, limiting-ego, are all celebrated in our society. Society holds talent which is wasted or not tempered by team-work and humility in disdain. It seems to me the more critical issue is that our society worships success more than happiness and success more than growth.

The last forty minutes of the book have a few practical suggestions but I did not find these made up for the many hours of profiles of sporting heroes and villains..

I much prefer books like Stumbling on Happiness which presumes a growth mindset and focuses more on strategies to be happy.

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  • Steve
  • philadelphia, PA, USA
  • 04-03-10

good but repetitive content, awful narration

Dweck's material is very worth learning about. But could be more concise. Personally I find the narrator's voice is very irritating; one of those over-dramatic readings that sounds like someone in trained in Theatre.

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  • Jacalyn
  • Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 02-11-11

Yeah, but

This book is intersting, but seems mostly to be a bunch of name dropping and repetition of those names. I would rather there was more "how to" than "Tiger Woods thought this or did that".

55 of 61 people found this review helpful

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Like a dentist appointment—painful but beneficial

Good subject matter and information, but the over reliance on examples to explain concepts makes this book repetitive and verbous. Would suggest buying an abridged version if it's available. Overall, the insights I've gained from it have been valuable, although getting to them was a painfully long process—kind of like going to the dentist for a root canal.

56 of 63 people found this review helpful

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Just ok

The idea is very brilliant but the book is too elaborate. After you completely get all what the author want to say, you spend few more hours listening to the same meaning in different forms!

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Too much hype interfered with theme of the book

What disappointed you about Mindset?

Way too much hype about how this book is revolutionary and was the first blah, blah, blah. I heard these theories before and felt insulted by the elementary presentation. I got so tired of the "infomercial" interjected in the actual "how to", I had to stop the CD on the first disc. It was very irritating! And, while I do like it when the author performs the preface, Ms. Dweck either needs to refrain from speaking this part or take performance lessons. No offense intended. Her performance is monotone and lackluster. I thought to myself as I was listening to this part, "If she's the narrator, I'm going to ask for my money back". While I was pleased with Marguerite Gavin's performance, the material was grating on my nerves by hopping between the subject matter and congratulating itself for being the first in this field of study.

What could Carol Dweck have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Taken performance lessons or let someone else perform the preface. Also, take out all of the pumping up of the study. Maybe it would have a better flow.

What three words best describe Marguerite Gavin’s performance?

Perky, clear, pleasant.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation.

53 of 62 people found this review helpful

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  • Roy
  • Beaumont, TX, United States
  • 09-17-10

Fixed or Growth Mindset?

Carol Dweck suggests that individuals are either of fixed or of growth mindselt. The former views aptitudes and abilities as unchanging and the second as flexible and growing. She provides a check list that will help the reader determine what mindset is dominant. This is perhaps the book that Napolean Hill or the Reverend Dr. Norman Vincent Peal would have written had insights into neuroplasticity and mindset had been available to them.

This is a serious, practical, and thoroughly beneficial read. It is informative, well written, easy to follow and well read by Marguerite Gavin. It is well worth your time if you have an interest.

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  • John
  • MENLO PARK, CA, United States
  • 09-08-15

Literally Mind-Altering

An excellent and useful book that genuinely changed how I think about certain things, especially in regards to my daughter and my students.
Excellent and thought-provoking book.

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  • Lorian
  • Yucaipa, CA, United States
  • 09-05-14

Not helpful

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I think this is the first audible book I bought that I decided not to finish. I can't say if it is helpful later on since I only listened to the first hour and a half, but that was more than an hour of listening after I decided I wasn't really interested. She divides people into two categories, those who believe you can increase your intelligence and those who don't. She details all the characteristics of each group, non believers are stuck in trying to prove themselves and cannot handle challenges and will not learn much, believers can learn and are eager for a challenge because failure doesn't mean their intelligence is low. She then says that if you do not believe you can increase your intelligence she can help you change so that you do believe it. I was done at that point. Believing that my intelligence won't change with effort doesn't mean I can't grow and learn, since I believe my abilities do change with effort. Either my definition of intelligence is different than hers, or I disagree with her premise. I also believe that she assumes since people she labels for one group or the other have similar characteristics it justifies the grouping. Correlation does not indicate a cause and effect relationship, or even a direct relationship. I decided to try something else rather than fish for what might be helpful here. There are plenty of really good self-help books. Some that I like are Mindsight, Daring Greatly and Advanced Energy Anatomy (strange title, really helpful book).

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  • MR
  • 03-26-13

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

31 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr
  • 06-14-12

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.

30 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Alex M
  • 11-06-15

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.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • 05-07-16

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Damien H
  • 03-16-16

Brilliant

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonimo Nonlodico
  • 01-12-16

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.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • C. Rockne-meyer
  • 10-05-16

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-22-16

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-16

Fantastic.

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.

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  • Big Rico Suave
  • 01-26-15

Worthwhile

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.

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  • Enza
  • 05-02-15

inspirational

loved the ideas. seems simple. Felt like I needed to get use to the narrator's. Seemed strange at first but eventually got use to it.

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  • Miss
  • 02-11-15

Got me thinking

Great book that gets you to think about the way you live your life. Does a great job of providing examples that you can relate to.

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  • Julian
  • 07-21-15

Must read

If you're looking to change aspects of your life for the better, and you want the change to not only be significant but lasting, then read this to understand the foundation for that fundamental shift in your thinking. Forget cliches, this book is well researched, well written and excellent in its communication of its simple but profound idea

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-17

great

excellent book. a Top 10 for me! loved it with certain aspects relevant for life and work.

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  • Brendan
  • 11-04-17

A Marvellous piece of Work!!!

What an amazing woman, Dr Dweck. This is a truly transformational piece of work.
I was excited from the moment I was recommended to read this book.
As an avid audio book fan I was even more so when I found it on Audible.
I wasn't disappointed in any way.
My first sweep was full of AHah moments and was total joy. Since then I have studied it chapter by chapter - thought by thought and will enjoy every moment that I share this with those willing to discover this wonderful truth!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-20-17

great messages that can really help your memory

this is a fantastic book that can really help anyone learn it can really help you teach your kids

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  • Ximena
  • 05-23-17

Too repetitive and long with a little value by the end

This book was too repetitive and by the end it seems there was nothing else to share. I would cut this book in half and end with a fantastic first half book

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  • meagan
  • 01-18-17

life changing

absolutely loved this book. out of all the books I have read recently this has changed my life. highly recommended for anyone on any journey at any age. We can all learn to change the way we think and respond to different situations. Thank you carol dweck!!!!

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  • Roman
  • 12-04-16

loved it

A different spin from most of the entrepreneur style books, enjoyed reflecting on my own decisions and if I had been in the growth our fixed mindset.

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  • Chas
  • 10-20-16

Interesting

Overall I found the ideas interesting but I do think the author was a little repetitive. The same points came up over and over again. A lot of interesting anecdotes and metaphors are shared but ultimately servicing the same handful of key points