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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Paperback – December 26, 2007
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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.
While she was comparatively very thorough in the parenting and school portions, she breezed through the relationships aspect of life and also the business one to a lesser extent.
Some anecdotes that were given were left hanging with an abrupt "this is not how you do it if you want goal x." Well, then tell me why?! And, how?! Nope, she moves on to a whole new topic with another anecdote and sometimes tiny and generic analysis.
Here seems to be a contradiction... One bigger question among others:
*In terms of competition in relationships, if that scientist woman Cynthia claimed to try to share the life and interests of her partners by performing at her best at what they did, then why was she at fault when her partners were being driven away? Wouldn't that be a problem of them and not her? If she was not being rude, pushy, and boastful about her talents but merely reaching her own potential in subjects that her partners were interested in, wouldn't she be a growth-minded woman with fixed-minded partners? Why just end it with "there are many good ways to support a partner and this is not one of them?"
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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.
Während der fixed mindset glaubt, dass Talent angeboren sei und nicht entwickelt werden müsse, sieht der growth mindset die Wachstumschancen in Schwierigkeiten und Herausforderungen. Der growth mindset hat Spaß an der Herausforderung als solcher und sieht negative Bewertungen nicht als Kritik an der Person, sondern an der Leistung. Damit sind Niederlagen, Mißerfolge und Schwierigkeiten keine Abwertungen, sondern Ansporn zum weiteren Lernen. Der fixed mindset hingegen sieht Niederlagen als Abwertung seines Talents und seiner Person, was dazu führen kann, dass er oder sie das Lernen einstellt oder gar nicht erst versucht.
Dieser obige Absatz umfasst (und das ist nur leicht übertrieben) die gesamte Theorie dieses Buches. Diese Theorie belegt Dweck dann mit einer Menge von Beispielen aus ihrer psychologischen Forschung, aber auch mit - meinst amerikanischen - Beispielen als dem Wirtschaftsleben, dem Sport und zwischenmenschlichen Beziehungen, bevor sie dann kurz dazu kommt, wie man seinen fixed mindset in einen growth mindset wandelt.
Für mich wäre hätte das Material auch auf 100 statt der 240 Seiten passen können, da die Aussage recht schnell klar geworden ist. Dennoch insgesamt empfehlenswert.
I read through in 2 hours. There are many principles on the reasoning of the things happened in our life, and you couldn't find the explanation anywhere else.
But when I read it second time carefully, I found the shortcoming for the book is a lack of practical instruction on how to apply in real life. A little bit too thoughtful, making it infeasible to me who has overthinking tendency.
Grateful for everyone in my life, who are helping me, caring, directing and inspiring me.