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For thirty years, my research has shown that the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life.
Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better?
The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it's not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Paperback – December 26, 2007
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“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
About the Author
- Publisher : Ballantine Books; Updated Edition (December 26, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345472322
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345472328
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.14 x 0.64 x 7.91 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That's it. I'm not being overly critical of the book or idea. That is the book stretched out using examples from sports, business, relationships, and pretty much areas where your mindset can help determine where you proceed when faced with a challenge.
I don't know how someone could give this five stars. I don't mean that to be rude but you're more or less reading the same idea on every page.
On the bright side, I've now become more tolerant towards other not-so-great books. It'd be pretty hard to get any worse than this one.
The thesis of fixed vs growth IS an interesting topic. The thing is: it's not new. Fixed, pre-determination is otherwise known as "post modernism", and growth-based, self- determination is "existentialism". I find it very ironic that politically unpopular existentialism - the thought that YOU, not your environment are in control of your outcome - has found a rabid new audience under the renamed "growth mindset"! I'll give Ms. Dweck credit for that trick alone.
It's a great idea, but the book itself is a shambles. If you read the first and last chapters, you'll have not missed anything. One star for at least providing the spark of an idea.
I did not understand why she kept repeating the same thing over and over and over again.
Impossible to keep reading. Left it at the coffee shop for some one else to read.
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Felt more like an attempt at brainwash than anything really interesting.
I will save you all the money and tell you the final conclusion:
People can continue to learn and get smarter.
IQ is not a fixed thing and can constantly be improved by anyone.
Anyone who believes otherwise or that they are special are in a "fixed mindset".
Anyone who believes they can improve their intelligence/skills/knowledge is in a "growth mindset".
Growth mindset is better than fixed mindset.
Even if you don't agree with every argument made in the book (I didn't) it's a thought-provoking read nonetheless. Especially useful for people who have strong ideas around their "natural talents".
I can safely say I'll be taking many of the ideas in this book with me into the future - optimistic and practical.