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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Paperback – December 26, 2007
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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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It’s common to use “have to” and “must” interchangeably. But ponder the tremendous difference when they are used correctly. The challenge and joy of language is its power, to demoralize, teach, frighten, motivate, punish, reward…
Dr. Dweck is a Psychology Professor at Stanford University. She studies motivation. She concludes, after decades of experimentation, that motivation is derived from language: we can be taught, and we can teach ourselves, to be motivated.
Dr. Dweck believes people view the world with only two fundamental vantage points: “fixed” or “growth.” Those with a fixed mentality believe we are born as we are born, and there is no changing that: IQ and “natural talent” dictate all accomplishment. Those with a growth orientation believe we can always learn, always rise above our challenges, always try again and gain something in the process. Dr. Dweck is persuasive that a growth mindset is healthier and more community-oriented. A fixed mindset can be circumvented and re-directed to grow, at any age. Simple, consistent changes in our use of praise are an excellent foundation. If we praise efforts rather than results; if we acknowledge that failure teaches; if we decide that we can always learn a little more, we’re doing well in fostering a growth mindset. Honesty is critical: “I know you tried, but this time you didn’t succeed. You can try again.”
I have to. I must. You must. But, instead, “I want to;” “I appreciate that…”
Lauren Williams, Certified Professional Organizer, Owner, Casual Uncluttering LLC, Woodinville, WA, USA
Vacuous praise has harmed many children, and many of us as children, creating an entitlement attitude that undermines authentic effort, individual growth and community in many directions.
Dweck makes her case clearly. Juxtapositioning of stories from business and sports of both growth mindset and fixed mindset people as who are often recognized leaders in their fields, as well as students and less famous souls, helps define the positive outcomes of being a growth mindset person.
This is a valuable book. Thank you Dr. Dweck and all who helped you make an important contribution to other people's lives.
The four stars rating, (not five) is because I tend to like spiritual grounding in my reading, believing that spiritual values are important to all growth. This is completely secular, but it is easy to see the spiritual implications of the work and it's applications for our spiritual growth.