Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Paperback – 26 Dec 2007
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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
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
About the Author
Carol Dweck is an academician and a psychology researcher who has worked at a number of illustrious educational institutions. She holds a PhD from Yale University and has a number of publications to her credit. Some of them are Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential, Self-theories: Their Role In Motivation, Personality and Development and Handbook of Competence and Motivation.See all Product description
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People with fixed mindset believe that talent is innate and nothing can be done about it. Either you’re born talented or not. They don’t believe in efforts. These people in position of some talent think they’re special and they are more entitled than others. These people believe in their superiority to others as they have got the talent that others are not special enough to have. Author provides examples in business, sports, relationships and other walk of life of people who seem to have had this mindset and the havoc they wrecked by putting their pride ahead of the collective benefit.
There is another category and that is Growth mindset. Growth mindset people believe that efforts are the key to success. Author provides examples of people with this. People like Michael Jordan, Tiger Wood put lots of effort in improving and learning that they became extraordinarily good and that their success to others seem effortless. These people including Tolstoy, Darwin at their initial stage were not ferreted out as great or special but they worked hard to achieve their greatness. One good piece of knowledge is that relationships require efforts to make it work and one should not think that a relationship is ill-suited just because it requires efforts as people usually think that an ideal relationship is something that requires no efforts at all.
Author submits that brain is like a muscle and that the brain can be improved through efforts. Author discusses about the effects of praise and believes that children ought to be appreciated for the efforts they put in achieving a feat and not for their so-called innate ability.
The book boils everything down to mindset and tries, I guess, to be revelationary. But, this is just one framework to make sense of the surrounding. When one looks at the surrounding with this mindset-frame, everything can be represented and reduced to mindset. The surrounding is not inherently or ontologically mindset but made representationally. There could be other framework with some other quality and could be just made as good as this mindset framework.
I read this book because Bill Gates recommends it. There is good things/advice in this book. But, I don’t see why this book deserves far more recognition than other books of same kind.
i. Parenting: Involving kids in studies, sports or amongst family members is a big challenge in nuclear families around the globe. Gadgets makes things easier, not much logic is required to perform daily tasks, attention spans are at historic low. How to make sure our children learn and more importantly, are involved in what they do? Dweck warns against using certain words that'll condition our kids to rely on talent and belittle their effort or curiosity that's more important that results.
ii. Business: With inverted pyramids in most of the service industry, employee morale needs to be reviewed periodically as the promotion opportunities are lesser than ever and most management teams are top heavy. The executive leadership can learn much from this book. Dynamic business environment needs flexibility not the complacency that be devastating. Elitism of leaders, who assume they're smartest men in the room, often results in insulting bright minds in junior management. How many leaders keep naysayers out of their teams and hasten the inevitable fall of great corporations?
iii. Sports: Just when you think this book is getting interesting, Dweck raises the stakes and picks on the John McEnroe. I haven't seen or come across McEnroe's response to Dweck's analyses. How sportsperson's overconfidence on his/her own talent can be beginning of the end? You need to be better that your previous self, not superior than rivals.
Writing style is exemplary as not only it tells us how to appreciate but also points out pitfalls of various terms used in case of success or failure. How you use this book to improve or re-define your life and goals, is up to you. But this is a must read for parents, teachers, professionals and sports-persons.
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You can make yourself smarter by working on it.
In this book Carol discussed about fixed mindset and basic qualities like intelligence..
On the other side we have theMindset: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential.
What a great book 2 of the best chapters in this book talk relationship by the way mindset in love and the others about parents teachers and coaches.
If you manage people then you should read these chapters that we're not just not being taught in today's school.
Author talks about moving on and embracing the future and knowing that loves takes effort.
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