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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 Chesterfield, MO, United States 09-24-10
    John Chesterfield, MO, United States 09-24-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Growth Mind Set here I come!"

    This book is awesome. It is simple, easy to understand and is packed with jewels of information about how to live and understand ourselves so we can get past the bs and actually enjoy life. I highly recommend this book to the world. I feel it should be recommended reading for every human.

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    John MENLO PARK, CA, United States 09-08-15
    John MENLO PARK, CA, United States 09-08-15 Member Since 2007
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AKL Fort Lee, NJ 02-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Hard to empathize"
    Would you try another book from Carol Dweck and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    I might try another book, but perhaps not in audible form. The narration was almost corny I would say. I tried to get the narration out of my head by reading the book, but I could hear the narrator's voice in my head.


    Has Mindset turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The book has not turned me off from other books in this genre, but I would carefully read reviews and listen to excerpts before buying another.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Lose the mimicking of the male voices. It was borderline annoying, Just read the book. You can illustrate passion and conviction without those voices. I did not feel invested when I read about John McEnroe and other individuals. I wanted him to shut up.


    What character would you cut from Mindset?

    John McEnroe. The story went on forever. I get that you want there to be a comparison or contrast between both mindsets, but the book read more like case studies, that could have turned into conventions about what you would do, rather than offering advice about how to frame your thinking. These individuals were celebrities and famous people. Within their work, they were already in a place where they could go up or down. The average person is not where some of the individuals were in this book. It is hard to relate and I found no empathy for some of these individuals.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Blackburn 12-29-14
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    "It was okay"

    Interesting information. However, she seems to imply that everything in the universe can be explained by a fixed vs. growth mindset. Also, the narrator has an irritating voice which becomes more so by the end of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lorian Yucaipa, CA, United States 09-05-14
    Lorian Yucaipa, CA, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not helpful"
    Any additional comments?

    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).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gerardo Austin, TX, United States 03-11-14
    Gerardo Austin, TX, United States 03-11-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Great concept that could be explained in a booklet"

    This book is about a single idea: there are two basic midsets, one establishes we have a fixed set of abilities that limits our performance in life, another one that ability is acquired and we can get better if we keep learning. The consequences are huge: telling a kid he is inherently dumb (or smart) is very dangerous - we should assess effort and focus, not judge someone's intelligence as something that is set forever.

    I think the author could have made the argument in 30 minutes, maybe an hour. The rest of the audiobook is made of example after example that reiterates the same concept over and over. Aside from the section on educating kids, I think all this is unnecessary.

    Still, it is a good book and a hugely important concept. The key learnings from this book should be mandatory training for any parent or leader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ethan 02-01-14
    Ethan 02-01-14
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    "Terrible. Fluffy stories, no depth"

    Mindset is full of unconvincing anecdotes about celebrities, athletes, ceo's having the growth mindset. Her research is barely skimmed and there is little practical advice. It's as if the book was written by a hack self-help writer, rather than a successful psychologist.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ed POINT COOK, Australia 01-02-14
    Ed POINT COOK, Australia 01-02-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Growth Mindset Good - Fixed Mindset Bad...Got it!!"

    This did not have to be a whole book, most of the material is anecdotal which the author repeats ad nauseum. The name of the title implied there was more to the book, after the first chapter the difference between the two mindsets is pretty clear, there rest is just more of the same.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Lansing, MI USA 12-24-12
    Greg Lansing, MI USA 12-24-12 Member Since 2006
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    "1 pound of "content" in a 5 pound bag"

    Dead boring prose laying out obvious weak example after obvious weak example on how it's better to have a "growth mindset" (where you learn from your mistakes and continue to grow) vs a "fixed mindset" (where you view your cement as being dry and see mistakes as cracks). Nice bit of wisdom but I just gave you every bit of valuable content in one half of one sentence. Somehow this author spread it over an entire book, and possibly career. Very little content for the money.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jairam TORONTO, ON, Canada 03-24-12
    Jairam TORONTO, ON, Canada 03-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Dated and ordinary"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Rather than dwell continuously on fixed vs growing mindsets it would have helped more to learn of how to develop growing mindsets. The author dwells almost exclusively on the consequences of the two mindsets rather than the causes of the two.


    Has Mindset turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, i will be more selective in what i purchase


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    A little too fast a reader


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

    disappointment


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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 5 people found this review helpful
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    9/20/17
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    "This is an important book that you should read. "

    I t could change the way you think for the better and help others around you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eve
    9/15/17
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    "Repetitive"

    Very repetitive. The concept is good and applicable to your life but it can be summed up much more quickly. As a result I struggled to keep going with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. J. Barnes
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    9/2/17
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    "Interesting, useful, well-written & read"

    Listen in batches to allow it to sink in and change your thinking. Great balance of information and practical ideas you can incorporate into your life. And these are genuinely life-changing ideas, delivered and explained well. Sometimes a condensed version is all you need to get the shape of a theory, and yes, I've read useful short articles on mindset, drawing on Dweck. But in this case, the original book is worth the full read/listen.
    I wish there was less about American sports in there - not American and not sporty so it felt like I missed some of the strength of those examples.
    As with many books that tend towards self-help, listening made me wish I had a paper copy to make it easier to revisit some of the advice. Why no reciprocal reductions from audio to paper Audible/Amazon?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/9/17
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    "One of a few books which should be read by all"

    mindset something I couldn't do justice within a few words, is a profound book on how important mindset is to business relationships personal growth ect

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs c howe
    7/15/17
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    "why are we racing?"

    I was really looking forward to the book having read a few of the author's articles. but the delivery is insanely paced. I couldn't settle to listen to the content unfortunately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/29/17
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    "A read for everyone"

    A book that should be read by everyone. It should especially be put into the curriculum, imagine how different our world might look.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/22/17
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    "Life changing"

    Truly life changing content! Must read and apply the principles in this amazing book. Buy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liz H.
    5/19/17
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    "Waffle."

    This could have been condensed into ten minutes. Don't waste your money on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Lawlor
    5/3/17
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    "Everyone Needs This"

    parents and teachers/coaches must read this. But anyone would benefit from this book with a better understanding of how and why people think and act as they do and how our actions form the mindsets of children. It has also helped me to understand my own behaviors and what I can do about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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