Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

I’ve recently finished Mindset by Carol Dweck. It was further confirmation that the adoption of a ‘growth mindset’ (as Dweck refers to it), is the receipe for achieving your goals in life.

Mindset is a MUST READ in my opinion – and I cannot thank Matthew Syed, author of BOUNCE, for putting me onto the book and the amazing research that Carol Dweck has compiled over the years.

Here are some additional insights into the book:

“Mindset is one of those rare books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way.

A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than twenty years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work and relationships, and how we raise our kids, ultimately predicting whether or not we will fulfill our potential. Dweck has found that everyone has one of two basic mindsets.

If you have the fixed mindset, you believe that your talents and abilities are set in stone-either you have them or you don’t. You must prove yourself over and over, trying to look smart and talented at all costs. This is the path of stagnation. If you have a growth mindset, however, you know that talents can be developed and that great abilities are built over time. This is the path of opportunity-and success.

Dweck demonstrates that mindset unfolds in childhood and adulthood and drives every aspect of our lives, from work to sports, from relationships to parenting. She reveals how creative geniuses in all fields-music, literature, science, sports, business-apply the growth mindset to achieve results. Perhaps even more important, she shows us how we can change our mindset at any stage of life to achieve true success and fulfillment. She looks across a broad range of applications and helps parents, teachers, coaches, and executives see how they can promote the growth mindset.

Highly engaging and very practical, Mindset breaks new ground as it leads you to change how you feel about yourself and your future.”

VIDEO:

Here is a short video that gives one example of the ‘Fixed and Growth Mindset’ that Dweck refers to – if I’m honest, it doesn’t give her research or the book the credit it deserves, but it was the best example I could find:

Here are actual reader reviews regarding the influence the book has played in their lives:

“This book was recommended to by a speaker on a course I attended. It is excellent and has given me a new insight in to behaviour patterns. It’s helped me alot. Well worth a read.”

“The book is based on the author’s years of research which boils down to the simple premise that a growth-mindset allows you to fulfil your potential and a fixed-mindset inhibits your potential. This is supported by evidence of effort being more important that ability and that praising effort builds motivation and esteem but praising ability inhibits the same.”

“A very simple message on how you approach things and the massive effect it has on you. The message is a great one. Have already passed it on to friends and colleagues.”

“Excellent book for all interested audiences. As a coach we learn about how the past affects the present and this provides clearly elucidated evidence that this is true. It helps me to better inform how I support and enable people in the future. So it is very important for me and I imagine for all REAL coaches and mentors.”

Summary and more information:

Personally, I’d really recommend reading this book if you are seeking to maximise your own potential in your business, career and life. In addition, as a parent, I have found Dweck’s methods invaluable – they have changed how we communicate with our children (for the better, in my opinion).

If you are interested in commitment to on-going learning, with the goal of maximising your own potential, then please check out the Maximise Potential Podcast which contains a series of interviews with inspirational people – all of whom are excellent examples of people who are maximising their potential.

In addition, take a look at the other inspiring books that I have personally read and found great benefit from.

Excellent book for all interested audiences. As a coach we learn about how the past affects the present and this provides clearly elucidated evidence that this is true. It helps me to better inform how I support and enable people in the future. So it is very important for me and I imagine for all REAL coaches and mentors.

About the Author

Hi, I'm Tom Burkinshaw, I co-produce the Maximise Your Potential Podcast and Website and my goal is to help as many people as possible be successful in life, careers and business, by offering free coaching and mentoring through a series of unique interviews from inspiring people who all display exceptional self-belief, mental toughness and desire to achieve. Thank you for taking the time to visit Maximise Your Potential!