What do you do when you hit a brick wall and can’t get around something? Carol Dweck was curious in her book Mindset, The New Psychology of Success. How do people deal with failure? What happens when you hit a brick wall? She did a study and gave some young students some tough puzzles to solve, and then she sat back and watched? So the study is going on in her book, “Mindset,” which will completely change your life.
Have you been thinking about reading Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck’s work? Want to know a little more before buying a copy for yourself or check out my review. I’m going to talk to you about mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck. You’ve probably heard about the concept of the growth mindset versus the fixed mindset. It’s been talked about in thousands of publications and hundreds of books. Mindset book is the source, and I consider it a must-read for all traders. The concepts of the book are pure gold.
The mindset book is a viral topic in the personal development world. However, I was drawn to this book because of the sublime that changes how you think could help you fulfill your potential. I am all about helping people to fulfill their potential. So I want to understand that to covers work a little bit more right at the beginning. Carol Dweck has presented some interesting and informative ideas that this book is worth reading.
Carol Dweck is quoted in so many different books. She’s a Ph.D. and one of the leading researchers in the field of motivation. Also, She’s a professor of psychology at Stanford University. There are so many media and tv channels that often talk about her. She’s lectured worldwide and written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time magazine, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, among many others.
Mindset Book Summary
The book talks about two different types of mindsets: the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. A fixed mindset revolves around people thinking they have a certain ability level, whether in sports, arts, or academics. That level judges them, and they are to sit there forever. It also means that their whole world revolves around proving how successful they are to others. In contrast, the growth mindset is all about stretching yourself.
People with a growth mindset believe that wherever you start in life isn’t where you have to end up as long as you’re willing to work. Also, they are much more likely to put themselves forward and try new things. From the beginning, the author wants to be clear that no one is entirely a growth mindset or entirely fixed mindset.
The point is that most people are somewhere along the scale, but also depending on the situation. You might be more likely to have a growth mindset in one area and more like to have a fixed mindset and the other. So don’t start having a panic attack if you’re already thinking about a fixed mindset in some area.
In the book’s opening section, Carol tries to talk to us about what a fixed mindset is, what a growth mindset is, and the implications to you. The idea of failure is assumed in your mind, dependent on your growth mindset or fixed mindset. Failure is seen differently by those with a growth mindset and a fixed mindset.
So if you have a fixed mindset, you will likely see yourself as a failure and feel judged if you fail. If you have a growth mindset, you see failure as something that happens, and you see that you failed.
However, through the book, why talk about different topics? The hope is you might start to realize what areas or triggers will make. You have this fixed mindset now. Wouldn’t you understand those areas? She then forces that process to try and help you turn this and slowly develop a growth mindset.
Author: Carol S. Dweck
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Bestsellers rank: 355
Category: Psychology & Counseling, Personal Finance, Self-help, Motivation, Business
Total pages: 320
Publication date: December 26, 2007
Book dimensions: 5.14 x 0.64 x 7.91 inches
Available: Kindle, Audiobook, Hardcover, Paperback
Mindset Book Review
We have massive consequences. One of the things that we’re trying to highlight is the idea that we need to separate failure from our identity. Like you are not a success, and you are not a failure. We are all working, moving, developing, and learning.
As you move further into the book, the cover applies the fixed mindset and the growth mindset to different areas of life. So one of them is looking at specific abilities and accomplishments in this section.
- The author talks about prodigies from a young age and how being labeled is from a young age. We stifle their ability moving forward.
If, as a child, you believe that you are great at something and everyone loves you because you’re great, you’re not going to want to push yourself and fail. So you will try and sit within your realm of where you’re comfortable. When you’re pretty young, you will miss out on all the opportunities as you grow up. Carol Dweck also talks about how people learn to pass tests rather than acquire knowledge.
Chapter: Inside the mindsets
We will talk about the two different mindsets that Carol’s putting forward here. The first one is the fixed mindset, and she describes that as believing that your qualities are carved in stone.
- The fixed mindset creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over.
So if you’re finding yourself needing to prove yourself in business or any of your relationships. You might be in a fixed mindset, something that you’ll want to look at.
If you have only a certain amount of intelligence, a certain personality, and a certain moral character, you better prove that you have a healthy dose of them. So all those things, intelligence, personality, moral character, if they’re set in stone, you have to prove how high level yours is. If that makes sense that you have to have a healthy dose of them, it simply won’t look or feel deficient in those most basic characteristics.
Next, we’ll talk about the growth mindset. The growth mindset is based on the belief that your essential qualities are things that you can cultivate through efforts. Although people may differ in everything, in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, and temperaments, everyone can change and grow through the application and experience. You can see how the growth mindset will lead to more success because even if you fail the first time, you’re OK to go back again until you get better.
- Carol is talking about this core tenet of the book, this fixed mindset versus growth mindset, and all that separates those two things is one belief.
Do you believe that we’re able to grow or that we’re able to get better over time? Or do you believe that we’re fixed and stuck with the qualities we’re born with? It is one belief, and that’s the real core tenet of the book. She explains what a Fixed mindset is and what a growth mindset is. So, there are a few common characteristics among each group.
Chapter: Sports (The mindset of champion)
Another area where the mindsets are applied is champions and specifically sports champions. This section talks about McEnroe, who was known for thinking. He was the best, and if anything failed, he blamed other people.
He had a fixed mindset, and his whole identity was surrounded by being a winner. He didn’t know how to cope with it when he didn’t win. He saw himself as a failure and therefore blamed everyone else. That is then compared with the wonderful Michael Jordan.
- In another world, failure is about not growing, not reaching things of value, not reaching for things you value.
It means you’re not fulfilling your potential. So that’s another mindset shift that you can make. Failure means you’re not smart or talented. So how many of us think like that? I would bet quite a few of us!
If you were a true success, intelligent and talented, you wouldn’t need effort. The effort is what makes you smart or talented. You have a choice; mindsets are beliefs, their powerful beliefs, but they’re something in your mind, and you can change your mind.
Chapter: Business (Mindset and leadership)
Another area where the mindsets come to play in business and cable talks about two different cultures, which will generally come from the boss, leadership, or senior management team. So you can have a culture of geniuses. This would typically mean that everyone within that company will want to be an expert, and they’re going to have a fixed mindset.
When people have a culture of geniuses, they have people from elite universities, people with specific qualifications. They believe that they will be in all the people with the best talent and make them the best company. But what that means for an individual working within the organization is that you will not want to take risks.
You make a mistake. You’re going to try and hide it because you’re not going to want anyone else to know. In contrast to this, there is a culture of development. It usually is where a company has a culture of a growth mindset. This company knows that the person who walks in their door will not be the same as who leaves.
The world is changing. What they need to do is hire people who are motivated, who are driven, who are willing to admit failure. Women, the people who are eager to try, learn, try and learn, not only look at how having a fit and growth mindset affects them more on a more professional level.
Chapter: Relationships (Mindsets in love)
The author looks at it personally and examines how mindset works in relationships. People with a fixed mindset are more likely to be looking for that instantaneous type of love that hits you straight away. But the problem comes when that starts to break down, they will start to judge their behalf. They have a fixed mindset about people’s capabilities and people changing.
If that relationship breaks down, they are more likely to feel judged to feel like a failure. In contrast, those with a growth mindset are much more likely to see a relationship as a two-way process, conversation, discussion, and something that changes over time.
Chapter: Parents, teachers, and coaches
One of the final chapters looks at the roles of parents, teachers, and coaches. It talks about the idea of praise and how we encourage people to get the best out of them. Now, one of the things she criticizes is people who praise people for achieving things. If you focus on praising people for being great, developing a fixed mindset is easy.
Instead, praise should focus on the effort people have put into it the work people are putting into it. If you are going to praise the normal outcome. Try to think about how you can reassure someone that everything they’ve done to build up to that point is as valuable as the outcome.
Chapter: Changing mindsets (A workshop)
People may differ in their initial talents, aptitudes, interest, and temperaments. But everyone can change and grow through application and experience. Does that mean that everyone can be an Einstein or fun? Of course not. But the growth mindset, people believe that once true potential is unknown, it is impossible to foresee what can be accomplished with years of passion, learning, and training.
Let’s dig a little deeper into how your mindset controls your life. Your mindset dictates your relationship with success and failure, and that plays a huge role in your career development in a fixed mindset. World success is about proving to yourself and your waters that you are smart and talented.
Success is determined by learning and improving. It’s all about stretching yourself. If you didn’t win but left it all on the field or if the loss helped you learn something new. It is a success to spend your time and effort on always evolving, learning, and honing down your skills instead of proving that you’re already the best.
Do you think your intelligence is something basic about you that you cannot change very much? You can try to do things differently. But significant parts of who you are cannot be changed if you agree with the statement. It is fixed mindset thinking. Do you believe that no matter how intelligent you are right now, you can always change it and change the law?
You can influence and change the basic things that currently make you who you are if you agree with the statement. It is a growth mindset. Suppose you happen to be in the growth category, awesome. You’re already on your way to success. If you’re heavily leaning towards fixed, things are not doomed yet. So let’s talk about how you can go about adopting a more productive outlook on life.
Try to figure out what is the source
What is the initial source? Where is this mindset currently coming from? As the book discusses itself, it’s not like you were born with you were not born a fixed mindset person. It could be a parent or caregiver, a sibling, a teacher who hears many different people who’ve influenced your life. If you behave this way, you will get our approval or give it yourself. It could be the same parent, teacher, or sibling who didn’t give it to you, but they were that way themselves.
It’s all about self-awareness, catching yourself. When something good or bad happens, catching yourself of what in your conversation, what’s going on up here? What are the questions? If something bad happens to you, what are you saying to yourself? Or are you saying yourself, what is this teaching?
- The lesson that I can learn once you’re aware of this, once you’re aware of the conversations going on, can take little steps towards improvement.
A significant note to be made is patience. Your mindset is not something you’re criminalized. It is not something that you develop overnight. It took years, if not decades, to become who you are. So chances are it will take you a long time to become better. You can go to school or online and take a class in the growth mindset.
So the mindset that drives your life will allow you to achieve your goals, but it will also allow you to enjoy it. Give this gift to yourself, try to improve your mindset, and you’re going to be blown away by the results.
Some people think that they can’t draw. They’re not very good artists, and they’re not very creative. That is a fixed mindset idea. If you have a growth mindset, you can improve it by working and putting in the effort. This box goes into the studies they carried out with the mindsets and how it affects people’s lives, businesses, and ultimately what they achieve in life.
One of the biggest takeaways from this book is combining a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. It’s not a case of you being one or the other throughout your entire life. They do change and move around depending on what you’re doing.
So, for example, when they were doing some of their studies, they would put some people in a fixed mindset, putting others into a growth mindset. Then they would see how they fared with the challenges ahead.
Now, that is one of the biggest takeaways for me. When I was reading the first bit in the book, there were times when I was on a growth mindset. I was getting a little bit confused about it. But then I realize that we are a mixture of both of them. The key is understanding which mindset we have in play at the time, and then we can respond and react accordingly.
This book looks at the mindset across a whole array of different life experiences. So it looks at mindset in terms of accomplishment when you were at school and mindsets within the sport, business, relationships, parents, and teachers.
One of the most valuable sections I found in this book was a few minor cases where she proposes a dilemma at the end. Then, the response to it is either a fixed mindset response or a growth mindset response and how they differ in different outcomes.
This book helps you respond to it better. In them, dilemmas help outline that beautifully. When I was reading this book, one of the things I would mark it down for was the ideas.
The author surprises me with the journey to a true mindset in four steps. So it was a nice way to finish off the book. She went through all the research, her studies in a different life, business, relationships, etc. Then at the end, in the Changing Mindset section, there’s a nice little four-step process that you can follow to help improve your mindset and pull yourself away from that fixed mindset into the growth mindset.
Personal rating – 4.6/5
This is a great read, and I would say that it is an essential read if you are a parent or teacher. I will love to get your thoughts if you have read this book. Please leave me a comment below. Let me know why you gave the book that scores at the moment. This is my opinion review, so I would love to know what you think.
When you enter a mindset, you enter a new world in one world, the world of fixed traits, successes are proving you’re smart or talented. The world of changing qualities is about stretching yourself to learn something new, developing yourself.
You need to be learning from all of your experiences. All the times that you’re not successful at anything. That’s the actual win. The way that you can do this, you can try this. Think of it, the last time you failed at something and did a post-mortem. Write an autopsy on your thoughts at that point. What were you thinking?
Don’t fail and resolve to try. Try again. That’s self-punishment. Again, it’s a fixed mindset. Even if you’re willing to try again and again, you’re almost putting it up to luck. I’m going to succeed one of these times, but instead, you want to make your failures worth something by looking at them objectively.
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