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World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea - the power of our mindset. Dweck explains why it's not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn't foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardise success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals-personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area
Publisher: London :, Robinson, an imprint of Constable & Robinson Ltd,, 2017
Edition: Updated edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781780332000
Branch Call Number: 155 DWE
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 20 cm


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Oct 02, 2018

note 1: The comments on this book I've read are really useful.
note 2: IMHO this book is worth reading.
note 3: I came to this book via reading the work of Dr. Kelly McGonigal. Check out her books if you found this one useful. As I read through "The Upside of Stress" I followed up on the sources and the work of Carol Dweck was cited in McGonigal's book.
note 4: It's fun to realize that the book itself is intended as a mindset update for the reader.
note 5: I agree with the comment that the author doesn't address the expected continuum of shades of gray regarding mindsets. That's a weakness, but for a perceptive reader that doesn't eliminate the utility of the information. I imagine it was a conscious decision by the author intended to not dilute the impact of the book as a mindset intervention. And that statement is pure conjecture on my part, so don't quote it.

As always, enjoy!

Dec 29, 2017

This is the book for everyone who thinks (secretly or otherwise) they know it all--and are terrified that they don't. It explains so much about how we sabotage ourselves by thinking that intelligence and talent are inborn and immutable.

May 08, 2017

Amazing book, very well researched and inspiring. Outlines the difference between the fixed mindset (I am very smart and nobody should question that, and I better not try too much new stuff for fear of proving otherwise, and I shouldn't have to work to succeed because I'm so smart or talented, etc) and the growth mindset (I may have some talent but if I'm going to be successful at anything over the long haul, hard work will get me there). Dweck proves her theory with study after study from arts, sports, school - in fact from every angle.

Apr 20, 2017

Advice: Just read Chapter One. It doesn't really move on from there. Lots of anecdotes. Thought it would be better, from the fact it has so many "holds"!

Sep 25, 2015

This book is the longest sales pitch. Interesting theory, but she repeats the same concept over and over. Once you've read the first chapter, you've read the entire book.

bk_jamerican_gal Jun 04, 2015

This was a great book and it touches more than the tip of the iceberg regarding the growth mindset. I enjoyed and learned a lot about it. From reading this book, I see that I have both the fixed and growth mindsets, but more of the growth. I think putting your trust in a Higher power will always make you think outside of the box.

Mar 23, 2015

Very informally written with lots of anecdotes; does little in the way of guidance toward a growth mindset except to reiterate (with many rephrasings) "what can learn from this? how can I improve?"

Feb 24, 2015

Recommended by AKN for all sibs

itsparkles Jan 19, 2015

The premise of this book is as follows....people who believe in fixed mindset feel an urgency to succeed, and when they do, they may feel more than pride. They may feel a sense of superiority, since success means that their fixed traits are better than other people's. However lurking behind that self-esteem of the fixed mindset is a simple question: If you're somebody when you're successful, what are you when you're unsuccessful? Hard things are seen as a threat that may unmask flaws and turn them into a loser. Failure is transformed from an action (I failed) to an identity (I am a failure). The fixed mindset stands in the way of development and change.
If any of this rings true for you, this book will help you to overcome this self limiting perception and open you up to growth.

Nov 12, 2014

A very good book.

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