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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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    Nima Azizi 06-02-17
    Nima Azizi 06-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Useful"

    Useful, if you listen and apply it to your own life and habits. The only con is that there are a bit of redundancy in concepts.

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    Emily San Diego 06-01-17
    Emily San Diego 06-01-17
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    "Good book for fixed mindset thinkers"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and no. The audience for this book was favored towards fixed mindset thinkers (for good reason) and I'm sure it would have a huge impact on people who are primarily stuck in a fixed mindset; however, as someone who is actually more of a growth mindset thinker to begin with, I wasn't necessarily as blown away by a majority of the information as maybe some fixed mindset readers might be. I still think; however, that it is a good read and sheds light on the differences between the two mindsets which is helpful for both types of thinkers. When describing it to my sister I actually ended up telling her to maybe just read the first chapter or two and then the last, the middle kind of repeats the first over and over. Still good, but you get the point.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book helped me recognize that there are certain words and ways of saying things to people, especially children, that can have a great impact on the way they begin to think about themselves and the way they think of their abilities to achieve their goals. I will be mindful of how I talk to my daughter, just as my parents did to me, that can instill a growth mindset in her so that she knows she can do, have, and be anything that she wants to be with hard work, effort, and practice.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Marguerite Gavin?

    Possibly. I found myself wanting to take breaks from listening and wanting to fast forward. Not sure if that was just the book itself or the narrator.


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

    I thought I would want to based on the fact that I love a great self-help book and tend to cling to any tips on how to be a better person and this seemed like the perfect book that would also be motivating, but I soon realized about an hour in that I wouldn't be able to listen all at once. It actually took me two weeks of listening on my way to work and back. I found myself wanting the narrator to speed it up and get to the next point because I felt it was going in circles a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very excited about this book because it came highly recommended from a friend. Although I consider myself more of a growth mindset vs fixed mindset person to begin with, I definitely feel I now have some better tips on how to deal with difficult situations and more importantly how I can talk to my daughter in a way that encourages a growth mindset in her as she grows up.

    I will say; however, that I felt the book was a little overly focused on examples of differences between the two mindsets than maybe what I would've personally preferred which would've been about half of it describing the differences between the two along with some examples, and then the other half explaining more practically how to actually train yourself to change your mindset. There were examples sprinkled throughout; however simply saying, "The next time you're in this situation try to think like this..." doesn't necessarily help me, if that makes sense? I want to know HOW to do that rather than just trying to remember on my own when I have a natural tendency to react a certain way. Teaching techniques, ways to apply or ways to practice HOW to be able to recognize when you might be in fixed mindset mode and HOW to change your thinking back to growth mindset mode would've been helpful.

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    dawnleisure 05-30-17
    dawnleisure 05-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "a book full of examples"

    I feel like the book should have had a lot more in-depth conversation about the mindset as opposed to example after example after example. not to mention the fact that some of the examples seemed exaggerated , such as everybody in the class was doing poorly at math until we showed them the growth mindset then everybody was doing great. I mean come on really everybody was doing bad in a class?

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    Pierce 05-28-17
    Pierce 05-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "good but not great"

    really great book. started getting repetitively annoying after chapter 4. overall i would recomend this book to anyone who needs a little push in life.

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    Dean 05-25-17
    Dean 05-25-17 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "Growth = good, fixed = bad"

    Maybe the delivery on audio was te issue, but the whole premise of the book grated on me. This would almost be the same as if you are not moving forward you are moving backwards.

    At the end it just felt like the author was saying. If you don't agree with me...your going nowhere.

    Sorry. Whether your methods are good or not...that is a bit too totalitarian.

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    Natalia Hernández Mexico City, Mexico 05-22-17
    Natalia Hernández Mexico City, Mexico 05-22-17
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    "Simply fantastic book on development!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mindset to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the printed version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book is fantastic. Dr. Dweck's research is invaluable for those of us trying to understand the adult learning and development effective processes. The ideas in the book have many implications and they can be immediately applied in my professional practice as a coach and as a consultant in org development


    Have you listened to any of Marguerite Gavin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    don't remember


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The main idea, people have either a growth mindset or a fixed mindset. The implications are astounding


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    Terria J. Aleo America 05-21-17
    Terria J. Aleo America 05-21-17 Member Since 2014

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    "GREAT BOOK"

    Enjoyed reading this book is written we'll
    And is easy to apply to anyone's life.

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    anon 05-17-17
    anon 05-17-17
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    "not great"

    high on over interpreted anecdotes and no-duh theses. low on real content. probably better to scan the physical book than to waste time listening to audio.

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    James Tharpe Roswell, GA 05-17-17
    James Tharpe Roswell, GA 05-17-17 Member Since 2017

    James

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    "Great concept, too repetitive"

    The information in this book is important and useful for virtually anybody. However, the presentation of this information is awful. The book is incredibly repetitive, presenting only a few simple concepts over and over again. I struggled to finish the book, yet it's still worth the read.

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    StevenP 05-16-17
    StevenP 05-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Keep Listening until the end!"

    Best chapters are at the end. The start of the book is good some parts in the middle can be repetitive and sometimes boring but the practical examples in the last couple of chapters make this book great and worth your time.

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    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

    31 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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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.

    30 of 31 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.

    22 of 23 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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Damien H
    3/16/16
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    "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
  • 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.

    9 of 11 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/4/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Big Rico Suave
    1/26/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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