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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

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Now updated with new research — the book that has changed millions of lives.

After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramat
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Paperback, 277 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published 2006)
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Psreid Just enough references to make it interesting. Anyone who doesn't take away a lot must have a fixed mindset.
Phil Ledru Absolutely.

As an adult, I would help young children understand the lessons of this book through a class/workshop of sorts; however, beyond the age of…more
Absolutely.

As an adult, I would help young children understand the lessons of this book through a class/workshop of sorts; however, beyond the age of 12~15, teenagers are totally able to understand the book by themselves.

I actually think it's incredibly important that we transmit this idea of "fixed" versus "growth" mindset to entire generations to come; hoping they, in turn, pass it on to the next.

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Note: of course it should be read by most adults as well; but until we reach that point (perhaps, 25 years from now when the children aforementioned have become adults...), I think it's important to give children (and teenagers) themselves the means to properly interpret how others (parents, teachers and peers) judge their work and results, and how they approach life and learning within, for themselves.(less)

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Joshua Guest
Okay, so the idea is fine, and usable, and easy to explain to others, and pretty simple. I was about to give this book a one-star rating because I was so irritated with Dr. Dweck trying to shoehorn her idea into every single success story in the history of humanity and basically saying that her theory was the best explanation of that success. Conversely, every failure could have been averted but for a change in mindset. It was the Fixed mindset that caused the Chicago Cubs to never win a World S ...more
Mark
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Here is a message to anyone close to me who may over hear me saying, 'I must read that popular psychology book ...', at some point in the future. Don't let me forget how vapid and uninspiring this book was. Please remark: 'don't forget about Mindset Mark!'

Let me try and save you some time by summarising (not sure if this qualifies as a spoiler, I guess not): it is bad to think your skills and knowledge are limited. This represents the fixed mindset. Rather, it is good to think to yourself: if I
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Cerealflakes
I keep hearing educators praising this author and, specifically, this book. Maybe she's better in person. I found this book trite. It was very repetitive and full of cherry picked stories pulled out just to prove her obvious conclusion. Are there really people who think that if you go into something with a negative attitude it won't affect the outcome? She goes to the extreme with the positive attitude stuff, though. I just don't buy that anyone can do anything if they just try hard enough. Not ...more
Michael
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. This one sounds like a typical self-help book, but it's a real find. The author is a pyschology researcher at Columbia, and her book is filled with insights and illustrations regarding the differences that a fixed mindset vs. a growth mindset can have when applied to business, parenting, school, and relationships. Her research has been highlighted in many venues, including an excellent book on parenting titled Nurture Shock.

I give it 5 stars because I can see so much of myself i
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Maede
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maede by: Amir
تأثیر این کتاب روی من عجیب بود. مخصوصا اینکه چیز جدیدی به من نمی گفت. چیزهایی رو می گفت که من همیشه می دونستم ولی خوندن این کتاب بهم نشون داد که همیشه ناراضی بودم چون این هارو می دونستم و هیچوقت برای خودم عملی نکردم

از موقعی که هشت سالم بود با بچه های ضعیف تر کلاس ریاضی کار می کردم و با همه ی کودکیم اعتقاد داشتم که اگر بیشتر تلاش کنند می تونند. نمی دونستم چرا برای خودم هرگز این کار رو نکردم
همیشه به تلاش اعتقاد داشتم و هیچوقت اونجور که باید تلاش نکردم. خودم رو که بیشتر شناختم دیدم که از ترس شکست ف
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Jamie Doerschuck
Oct 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I think a lot of people who rated this book highly must have had a "fixed mindset".

I think this book was a waste of money, personally. The tone of the book is very repetitive and annoying. Essentially people with a growth mindset are better than people without it in every possible way. If you have a fixed mindset you'll have lower grades in school, be unhappier, die earlier, be fatter, (be more likely to) never get married, make a bundle less money, you name it! It reads more like fear mongering
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Kirsten
Jul 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let me preface this review by saying that my boss made me read this book, because, apparently, reading assignments are something that I should have as a 5th year PhD candidate. Not only that, but I'm pretty sure no one should require me to read a shitty waste-of time self help book.

Let me save you the money and the aggrivation: The point of this book is (admittedly) not terrible, but it could be summed up real fast. Here you go, you're welcome.

Often, people see their abilities as 'fixed' and thi
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Otis Chandler
Recommended in Stanford Magazine and by Guy Kawasaki.

A very useful book about the growth mindset. Essentially, the book makes a case that those people who look at everything they do in life as a learning opportunity are much more successful.

I think where this comes into play most often is when we face a setback, or a failure. Whether thats getting rejected from something (a job, a team, etc), messing up at work, having your boss yell at you, losing at something, getting laid off, making a bad b
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Stark
Dec 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably all i really need to hear out of this book, but i will read the whole thing anyway. there are two mindsets. fixed and growth.

Believing that your qualities are carved in stone -- the fixed mindset -- creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over. If you have only a certain amount of intelligence, a certain personality, and a certain moral character -- well, then you'd better prove you have a healthy dose of them. It simply wouldn't do to look or feel deficient in these most
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SJ Loria
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Watered down and scientifically not that accurate (grit is a part of conscientiousness - see studies below), welcome to education's favorite book!

Here is my two sentence summary of this book (best spoken in kindergartner teacher voice): There are two kinds of people in the world, people who believe things are fixed, others who believe they can change through hard work and effort, so believe in the ladder and success will open in front of you! Hooray you are a special snowflake that can grow!

Heav
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Amir
Mindset is definitely a must-read book that has the capacity to have a profound impact your life as an individual, business leader, teacher or parent by opening your eyes to different mindsets one can have or induce to others specifically if you possess a fixed-mindset.

The downside of the book i would say the examples or sending the message sometimes gets too repetitive but not boring though.

I highly recommend this book to every one whether you want to open your world to new possibilities and st
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Soheil
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paradigm-shifts
این کتاب یکی از تکان دهنده ترین کتاب هایی هست که تو زندگیم خوندم؛کتاب راجع به دو طرز فکر-یکی متکی بر استعداد های ذاتی انسان و دیگری متکی بر تلاش و پشتکار انسان- صحبت میکنه و با ذکر آزمایشات و مثال های مختلف از افراد مشهور و موفق تاریخ، بیان میکنه که مهم دونستن و بزرگ جلوه دادن "استعداد" چقدر میتونه مخرب باشه؛در واقع بیشتر به این مقوله میپردازه که "استعداد" اونقدری که ما فکر میکنیم تاثیری در رسیدن به موفقیت نداره و صرفا تلاش و پشتکاره که یک فرد رو در هر زمینه ای(حتی اگر بی استعداد باشه) به موفقیت ...more
Alex
Another book that attempts to build upon the research of Anders Ericsson.

The way I read it, I would break the book into 3 parts:
Part 1: How people fail because they don't have the right mindset
Part 2: How people success because they have the right mindset
Part 3: You could also call this part 2a - it basically deals with children and success in school, home, etc.

The first part of the book was the worst. Its case after case of "this person tried to succeed and failed because he didn't have the rig
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Becca Van Tassell
It's pretty bad when after 15 pages, I want to fling a book away in disgust. But I kept reading. (Okay, it turned into skimming pretty quickly). And it DIDN'T GET BETTER.

I've read several thoughtful and interesting pieces of journalism lately referencing the general thesis of this book that were really thought provoking. But the book itself is just empty tripe and cliches, without adding any content of interest to bolster the general idea that it's more important to foster a growth mindset over
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Thomas
Great overarching concept, lackluster execution. In Mindset, Professor of Psychology Carol S. Dweck discusses the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. The fixed mindset focuses on immovable measures of achievement and ability, such as the idea that everyone is born with a certain amount of unchangeable intelligence. The growth mindset advocates that everyone can improve themselves in any area of life through hard work. Dweck argues that we should adapt the growth mindset beca ...more
Tanja Berg
I bought this book last year, but didn't get around to it. While reading something else recently, it referred to this one and I decided to give it a go.

The basic premise is that "the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life."

"Believing that your qualities are carved in stone - the fixed mindset - creates and urgency to prove yourself over and over. If you have only a certain amount of intelligence, a certain personality, and a certain moral character - well, the
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Johnny Trash
Aug 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
This is a book which the administrators in my organization are reading. I am reading it as well, though I'm not an administrator.

I am only on page 43 but I already have dismissed the ideas and the author as superficial. Written in a casual style (the author states in the introduction: "A little note about grammar. I know it and I love it, but I haven't always followed it in this book. I start sentences with ands and buts. I end sentences with prepositions. I use the plural they in contexts that
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Justin Tate
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is as simple as it is revolutionary. Should be required reading for parents and educators, but everyone can benefit--even if you aren't really on the prowl for 'success'. What I love most is that the concept will improve yourself, but even if you struggle to change your mindset from 'fixed' to 'growth' you can instill benefits on others by praising work rather than talent.

If you've ever praised someone for being 'smart' or destined to be the 'next Mozart' or a 'natural' you'll realize that
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David
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit long-winded at times, but well worth reading. The repetition could be frustrating, but the reinforcement was likely beneficial. I'm starting to see the growth and fixed mindset all around me, especially in other books I'm reading and movies I'm watching, and it's fascinating to realize how important this shift in attitude is to my approach to the world.
Jonathan Karmel
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
I read the first few chapters but then ended up skimming the rest. I absolutely agree with the author that it's better to have a growth mindset than a fixed mindset. It just seemed like the author made the point and then kept repeating it over and over again. I did think it was valuable to apply this principle to relationships (chapter 6); it's nice to have someone confirm that good relationships are a lot of hard work and that if a relationship requires a great deal effort that does not mean th ...more
Filipa
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Filipa by: Maria
Second reading: 25 February 2016 - 5 March 2016.
Reread this wonderful gem, confirming the fact that this book really is a game changer. This rereading also confirmed that this is one of the books that will accompany my growth throughout different phases of my life. I believe it will accompany for the rest of my life, actually. It has pressed me to recognize the areas in which I had a fixed mindset and those in which I had a growth mindset and it has helped me change my view in the areas I had t
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Yehya chali
Almost all of us know what the author is trying to say
"have a growth-mindset and success is about learning
it is not about proving you are smart...
and that innate talent is nothing because success is 99% hard work..."

even children know that!!!
the book is full of examples and stories to prove that

but...but I like this book because of two reasons:
1. The author teaches you how to find a good mindset which works for you.
2. She helps you to find it because the book gives you a huge set of stories and
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Kressel Housman
May 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
The flap copy on this book promised it would be "a great book that will change your life." That certainly raised my expectations, and I'm happy to report that I wasn't disappointed.

The premise of the book is the basis of cognitive psychology: what you believe affects your whole life, so if you can change your beliefs, ie, your mindset, you can change your life. This book characterizes two mindsets, the fixed and the growth-oriented. The fixed is the more common one because that's what society te
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Amina
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5☆

First, the concept was good, the first chapters were great but then the I found the book to be very repetitive, it could have been written in about 150 pages, and a little bit judgmental, sometimes even a bit hard on the people with the fixed mindset.
Minwoo
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like the criticism this book gets is an exhibit of fixed mindset. Simple concept, yes, but universally applicable. Definitely left a profound impact on how I think and see the world, and I would like people around me to have read it. So five stars.
Mike
Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success is based on a deceptively simple—yet powerful—premise. The central distinction she draws here is directly relevant to any of us interested in teaching leadership. According to Dr. Dweck (a Stanford psychology professor), each of us adopts one of two mindsets about life: the fixed or growth mindset. People with fixed mindsets tend to see human potential as static and finite; people with growth mindsets see human potential as more dynamic and el ...more
Roslyn Ross
1) The author begins by going on and on about how important she is and how important her ideas are. Which made her sound insecure, and let me know right off the bat that she does not trust me to read her ideas and determine for myself whether they are good ideas or not.

2) In the beginning she also announces her ideas as one more panacea. One thing that is the cause of all problems. This made it hard to take her book seriously at all.

3) Her idea of fixed and growth "mindsets" is NOT a new psycho
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Saeed
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
حرف این کتاب این است که دو نگرش وجود دارد یکی نگرش رشد و دیگری نگرش سکون، به این صورت که انسان باید همیشه رو به رشد باشد و کسی به یک باره و بدون زحمت یک قهرمان و سوپرمن نمی شود

نویسنده در ستایش رشد و بالندگی مطالب زیادی گفته است، چیزی که من از این کتاب یاد گرفتم این است که خود من نیز تا حدودی قبل از خواندن این کتاب نگرش استاتیکی نسبت به مسائل داشتم، مثلاً زمانی که می خواستم وارد رشته ی جدید و محیط جدیدی که قبلاً چیزی از آن نمی دانستم بشوم ، همیشه ناراحت بودم که چرا من بهترین نیستم، نویسنده معتقد
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Neil Lynch
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Walt Disney once said the best way to get something done is to stop talking about it and do it. Such a simple sentiment ought to be a no-brainer; and yet, how often have we let opportunities slip through our grasp because of the way we think, what we believe, or what we uphold as valuable?

In MINDSET, Carol Dweck shares her research on that particular part of the brain and how it affects the way we live our lives and approach our goals. Using powerful examples, Dweck shows how too much praise of
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Karen ⊰✿
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The idea of a "growth mindset" is a simple one, but quite profound for many people who have grown up believing that talents and abilities are "fixed". A growth mindset is possessed by those who believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work.
Not sure where you sit? You can take a questionnaire here: https://mindsetonline.com/testyourmin...

Because it is such a simple concept, I found the book a bit repetitive and I think it could have benefited from more
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Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Her research has focused on why people succeed and how to foster success. She has held professorships at Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured all over the world, and has been elected to the American Academy of Art ...more
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