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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 dramatically influenced by how we t
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Random House (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.…moreJust enough references to make it interesting. Anyone who doesn't take away a lot must have a fixed mindset.(less)
Phil L. 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

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.

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
Jul 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
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 aggravation: 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
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Amir Tesla
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
For practical insights refer to: Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset
Have ever noticed those geeks, geniuses, and world-class achievers while thinking to yourself, gosh, if only I had such talents, or if only I had such high IQ? Disappointing, I know, I have been there. Perhaps, such way of thinking and having such beliefs about IQ and talent is the biggest hurdle in the way of great success and achievement.

Thinking that we are born with a pre-determined IQ and talent, is called fixed-mindset accor
Jamie Doerschuck
Oct 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: self, did-not-finish
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
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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
S. Jay
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
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!

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
Dec 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Justin Tate
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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

It is easy to follow the first 150 pages of the book in which the writer who is an accentuated Stanford professor presents the outcome of her research accompanied by tangible instances in various fields. I enjoy her honest confession of her flawed grammar through the very first pages. It makes her like one of those problem-solver types who yield to anyone who is obsessed with correcting others.
While talking about her big experience with examining kids’ reactions to failure, it reminded me of my
picoas picoas
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2006
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Micro-Multi-Task: "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol S. Dweck

(original review, 2006)

Following the footsteps of someone who is great in order to be great is moronic. Only talentless fools would look to do the same as others to be successful. The only way to succeed is by doing what you love and get obsessed by it. You will be working over 100 hours a week, and you will be thinking about it every second awake, and you will
Keyo Çalî
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Johnny Trash
Aug 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
This is quite possibly the single most repetitive piece of literature I've read in my life. Carol S. Dweck seems to think she has unlocked the secrets to the universe with what seems to me to be a rather obvious theory: you should try to learn from failure rather than giving up when things go poorly. I mean, am I the only one who doesn't view that as anything groundbreaking? Also, I found it incredibly annoying how Dweck would take literally any famous positive or negative story in history, over ...more
Jonathan Karmel
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
Yelda Basar Moers
I have always been fascinated by why some people reach their potential and others don't. Everyone surely wants to. So what is the difference? I really enjoyed this book which addresses this question head on. Carol S. Dweck is a Stanford University psychologist who has spent decades of research on achievement and success. In the end the differing factor for her came down to the concept of mindset. Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset?

This book was recommended to me by the headmaster o
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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
Kressel Housman
May 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's one thing to tell people their brains are like muscles. But the author pumps up that analogy until it explodes. Michael Jordan had to practice really really hard before he became a great basketball player. OK. But if he were 5 feet tall, it would not matter how hard he practiced; he would never have been an NBA MVP superstar. Yet the author writes "Can anyone do anything? I don't really know." Seriously!? That is literally farcical.

This book has glowi
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
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
But everyone knows the growth mindset vs fixed mindset but the book explain more than that.
What really matters we never know about false growth mindset that is the
Common Misunderstanding of Growth mindset
1. Many people take what they like about themselves and call it a “growth mindset.” If they’re open-minded or flexible, they say they have a growth mindset. I often hear people calling it an “open mindset.” But there’s a difference between being flexible or open-minded and being dedicated to gro
Neil Lynch
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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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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