- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Rep Upd edition (December 26, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345472322
- ISBN-13: 978-0345472328
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,136 customer reviews)
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Mindset is "an established set of attitudes held by someone," says the Oxford American Dictionary. It turns out, however, that a set of attitudes needn't be so set, according to Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford. Dweck proposes that everyone has either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. A fixed mindset is one in which you view your talents and abilities as... well, fixed. In other words, you are who you are, your intelligence and talents are fixed, and your fate is to go through life avoiding challenge and failure. A growth mindset, on the other hand, is one in which you see yourself as fluid, a work in progress. Your fate is one of growth and opportunity. Which mindset do you possess? Dweck provides a checklist to assess yourself and shows how a particular mindset can affect all areas of your life, from business to sports and love. The good news, says Dweck, is that mindsets are not set: at any time, you can learn to use a growth mindset to achieve success and happiness. This is a serious, practical book. Dweck's overall assertion that rigid thinking benefits no one, least of all yourself, and that a change of mind is always possible, is welcome. (On sale Feb. 28)
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“A good book is one whose advice you believe. A great book is one whose advice you follow. This is a book that can change your life, as its ideas have changed mine.”—Robert J. Sternberg, co-author of Teaching for Wisdom, Intelligence, Creativity, and Success
“An essential read for parents, teachers [and] coaches . . . as well as for those who would like to increase their own feelings of success and fulfillment.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Everyone should read this book.”—Chip Heath and Dan Heath, authors of Made to Stick
“One of the most influential books ever about motivation.”—Po Bronson, author of NurtureShock
“If you manage people or are a parent (which is a form of managing people), drop everything and read Mindset.”—Guy Kawasaki, author of The Art of the Start 2.0
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- believe your ability is limited
- you are only so good at something
- you are not meant to be great in some fields
and evolve into a growth mindset where
- you will realize that you can always do better with more practice
- you can learn new things
Another very interesting spin Carol has offered in the book is on applying growth mindset in parenting. If you have ever said to a kid 'hey kid that was great, You are so good at this' or 'hey kid I am so impressed. You are really intelligent', you will be amazed by what kind of impact these comments have on kid's mindset.
Now why did I give it only 3 stars. There is a saying "If you say three things you've said nothing'. In case of this book, it actually goes like 'if you give 100 examples, you haven't given any good example that people will remember". The book offers so many examples that it gets overwhelming and infact at the end of book, you don't actually remember almost all of those. There is a potential to compress this book significantly without losing any strong value to the user. Also so much content around the core idea starts diluting part of the idea.
Overall, still a great read. I would recommend reading it once.