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Carol Dweck

The New Psychology of Success

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'Mindset' by Carol Dweck explains the importance of having a growth mindset rather than a fixed one. It shows how changing our beliefs about our abilities can lead to greater success in all areas of life.

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    Our mindset shapes whether we believe we can learn and change and grow – or not.

    From the shape of your skull to the size of your foot, your body’s physical characteristics are more or less entirely predetermined from the start. Of course you can get plastic surgery or break a bone, but we human beings generally have very little control over our bodies’ features.

    But what about intellectual and physical abilities, like playing basketball, drawing or solving math problems? Are they hereditary or learned? Today, most scientists agree that if you want to become a concert violinist, you not only need to have a musical disposition, but must dedicate years of your life to practising.

    Still, there are as many answers to this question as there are people, for our mindset plays a crucial role in how we see ourselves and others. Simply put, our mindset shapes our beliefs in accomplishing something.

    These two extremes form the basis for the concept of a fixed versus a growth mindset. People with a fixed mindset believe they are born naturally gifted at doing some things but utterly incapable of others, whereas people with a growth mindset believe they can become virtuosos of anything if they try hard enough.

    So the people in the latter group continue growing throughout their lives, acquiring new skills without reservation and actively engaging in their relationships. For them, life in all its facets is in a constant state of change.

    By contrast, people with a fixed mindset often let their black-and-white way of thinking obstruct their development. If they fail at something, they bury their heads in the sand or blame others. They hope for everlasting love in their relationships rather than working on the relationships themselves.

    Our mindset shapes whether we believe we can learn and change and grow – or not.

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    What is Mindset about?

    Mindset (2006) discusses the differences between people with a fixed mindset versus those with a growth mindset. Our mindset determines the way we deal with tough situations and setbacks as well as our willingness to deal with and improve ourselves. This book demonstrates how we can achieve our goals by changing our mindset.

    Mindset Review

    Mindset (2006) by Carol Dweck is an insightful exploration of the power of our mindset in shaping our success and happiness in life. Here's why this book is definitely worth reading:

    • It provides a fresh and transformative perspective on human potential, revealing that our beliefs about our abilities can either hold us back or propel us forward.
    • Dweck's work is grounded in rigorous research and studies, making it a reliable and evidence-based resource for understanding the psychology behind personal growth.
    • This book offers practical strategies and actionable advice for cultivating a growth mindset, allowing readers to unlock their full potential and embrace lifelong learning.

    Who should read Mindset?

    • Anyone who wants to find out about different mindsets and how they influence our behavior
    • People who want to learn how to realize their own potential to the fullest

    About the Author

    Carol Dweck is a professor of psychology at Stanford University. In addition to Mindset, she has also published Self-Theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality and Development and Handbook of Competence and Motivation.

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    What is the main message of Mindset?

    The main message of Mindset is that having a growth mindset can lead to personal and professional development.

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    Is Mindset a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Mindset is worth reading as it offers valuable insights on nurturing a growth mindset for success and fulfillment.

    Who is the author of Mindset?

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