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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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    Apurva Rajkotia New Hope, PA United States 05-01-17
    Apurva Rajkotia New Hope, PA United States 05-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Transformational"

    This book was a summary of mistakes I have committed during my entire life. I saw how those I blamed for everything that was or seemed wrong in my life, were just innocent bystanders on my path of destruction.

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    Nschultz 04-29-17
    Nschultz 04-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great!"

    Very interesting how much our perceptions influence our life experiences. This is a good book for anyone interested in positive psychology.

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    josh stark 04-29-17
    josh stark 04-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Just a wonderful knowledge based audible"

    Ill be listening to it over and over again very useful to deal with other people if the fixed mind set

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    QJD 04-27-17
    QJD 04-27-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Practice this. You will be enriched."

    Wow! Very insightful. Helping me better understand some highs and lows in my life. I think it can truly make for a better life experience for yourself and those that surround you!

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    RyOn 04-27-17
    RyOn 04-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Actionable, helpful, and earnest"

    I usually don't like 'self-help' books because I find any success resulting from their mantras to be short lived. However, I find Dweck's foundation, theory, and recommendations to be thoroughly grounded in experiments and actionable in her advice.

    Dweck provides (far too many, to be honest) many instances of what she calls "fixed mindsets" and "growth mindsets." She outlines the limiting factors for the fixed mindset, the benefits of the growth mindset, and how to begin, continue, or strengthen your growth mindset.

    Reading other books which outline successful people in the world: Harvard business review, tools of titans, etc., I think many authors circle her definitive buckets but never quite make it there. Dweck, however, provides a compelling and simple story which seems like it should be fundamental in every classroom and home throughout the world.

    Personally, I had several 'Ah-Ha!' moments during her book, and I hope you do too.

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    Cheryl 04-24-17
    Cheryl 04-24-17
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    "Good idea, and research to back it up"

    I played the narrator at .75 speed, because it sounded like a record playing at high speed. I thought the book was very useful. It was repetitive, but for me it was a good thing.

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    shannonmvduncan 04-23-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't invest"

    Ironic that a book dedicated to breaking down the fixed mindset focuses so strongly on the fixed categorization of people. Not worth the time or money

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    Amazon Customer 04-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An absolutely life-changing way of thinking!"

    An absolutely life-changing way of thinking! This book has improved my life in many ways even before finishing it. My wife and I decided to listen to this book together in our car rides together. It has helped our relationship, our social skills, and inspired us to pursue dreams we thought impossible because of lack of confidence and understanding. :)

    On my third time though this book and I have become an Nationally Recognized Instructor, an International Performer and World Record Holder. Take this book to heart and you can grow and learn to do great things. <3

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    Ernesto Villarreal 04-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!"

    Really helpful book to understand others and yourself. Recommended for any interested in personal and professional development.

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    "Mind stimulating.. thought provoking "

    If you are looking to grow yourself or others... as a parent.. teacher.. leader.. coach... Carol provides information on how a growth mindset works. Combines real life scenarios and examples that are backed by research. Then gives role play situations to help you apply a growth mindset for your world and others.

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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

    30 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    29 of 30 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.

    21 of 22 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
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    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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