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Mindset

The New Psychology of Success
Written by: Carol Dweck
Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Mindset is one of those rare audio 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 20 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.

©2007 Carol Dweck (P)2009 Gildan Media Corp

What the critics say

"A good book is one whose advice you believe. A great book is one whose advice you follow. I have found Carol Dweck's work on mindsets invaluable in my own life, and even life-changing in my attitudes toward the challenges that, over the years, become more demanding rather than less. This is a book that can change your life, as its ideas have changed mine." (Robert J. Sternberg, IBM Professor of Education and Psychology at Yale University, director of the PACE Center of Yale University, and author of Successful Intelligence)

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Mindset so impressed I bought the book

I am planning to give this book as a gift to my adult children and hope they love it as much as I do. The author gives very helpful teaching strategies for parents, teachers, coaches ‘and grandparents’. I am going to practise the strategies and plan to master the tools in this book. Why? Because I think they will help me learn, help me be a better person and create greater happiness in our family. I hope my family will feel the same way after reading this well researched book.

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What is different here?

I found the book someone redundant to many other books. I believe the two mind sets, Growth and Fixed, could be explained in a more succinct fashion.

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Great book!

This was a great read (listen) and really got me to think about the ways my fixed mindset creeps into my everyday thoughts and how I could be more growth focused. I do wish the book offered more practical strategies and/or exercises to do to improve mindset. Even so, it is a must read and I greatly enjoyed it.

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life altering

this changed the way I parent, teach, coach, and live. anyone who works with kids has a moral imperative to read this book.

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Interesting ideas but a bit too prolonged

Could use less dwelling on stories and research and more practical advice. Bur the author definitely readers food for thought.

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Very applicable to everyday life

I thought the information shared in the book was relevant & can be applied immediately. Get your brain thinking & creates more awareness with self talk. So important. #Audible1

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Great for business and parenting

Great insights for business and self development as well as parenting. Really enjoyed the insights. Sometimes the stories became a bit repetitive but were informative.
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Started out strong

Overall good and started out strong but became quite repetitive by the end. There are a lot of sport analogies which didn’t do much for me. #Audible1

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It's worth checking out but not finishing.

It makes a good point about the growth mindset, but the book is full of examples that feels repetitive.

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Fix vs Growth mindset

Life remains the same until the pain of remaining the same becomes greater than the pain of change. This book gives you the strategy you need to help develop a growth mindset which is foundational for change to happen. Highly recommend if you are someone looking for change or improvement.

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 2014-03-29

Profiles in Mindset

I am generally unimpressed by self-help books and this is no exception. I strongly agree with the basic premise, but I was not impressed at all by this book. There are hours of profiles of happy successful people (largely sports figures) who the author says have a growth mindset and unhappy people with limited success who the author says lack a growth mindset. This “new” psychology seems quite reminiscent of the deep philosophers of the last century like Norman Vincent Peale.

I am dubious that anyone starting without a growth mindset will be changed by this book. I am just as dubious anyone already possessing a grown mindset would appreciate these mind numbing profiles. This book felt like it was selling something. I checked out the free sample of the associated Brainology online program. Again, I totally agree with the premise, but found the sample Brainology lesson really weak. I am dubious of new educational fads with weak evidence that charge thousands of dollars for a school program.

I also found the author’s claim that our society worships talent more than effort and grit weak. Many of the qualities the author attributes to a growth mindset, openness, determination, effort, team-work, overcoming adversity, limiting-ego, are all celebrated in our society. Society holds talent which is wasted or not tempered by team-work and humility in disdain. It seems to me the more critical issue is that our society worships success more than happiness and success more than growth.

The last forty minutes of the book have a few practical suggestions but I did not find these made up for the many hours of profiles of sporting heroes and villains..

I much prefer books like Stumbling on Happiness which presumes a growth mindset and focuses more on strategies to be happy.

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  • Peter
  • Australia
  • 2010-12-24

Gems sparsely scattered throughout a desert

A difficult audio book to get through, but worth persisting. There are some gems that are wonderful to behold, but these are scattered sparsely within the book that is overly repetitive. I think Dr Dweck could have expressed her ideas by using about one quarter of the words she uses here. The tense, somewhat flat, voice of the reader, makes the search for the gems in the book a difficult one.

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  • Steve
  • philadelphia, PA, USA
  • 2010-04-03

good but repetitive content, awful narration

Dweck's material is very worth learning about. But could be more concise. Personally I find the narrator's voice is very irritating; one of those over-dramatic readings that sounds like someone in trained in Theatre.

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  • NOLA Darling
  • New Orleans, LA, United States
  • 2011-03-14

Like a dentist appointment—painful but beneficial

Good subject matter and information, but the over reliance on examples to explain concepts makes this book repetitive and verbous. Would suggest buying an abridged version if it's available. Overall, the insights I've gained from it have been valuable, although getting to them was a painfully long process—kind of like going to the dentist for a root canal.

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  • Jacalyn
  • Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 2011-02-11

Yeah, but

This book is intersting, but seems mostly to be a bunch of name dropping and repetition of those names. I would rather there was more "how to" than "Tiger Woods thought this or did that".

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  • John
  • MENLO PARK, CA, United States
  • 2015-09-08

Literally Mind-Altering

An excellent and useful book that genuinely changed how I think about certain things, especially in regards to my daughter and my students.
Excellent and thought-provoking book.

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  • Omar
  • USA
  • 2012-03-08

Just ok

The idea is very brilliant but the book is too elaborate. After you completely get all what the author want to say, you spend few more hours listening to the same meaning in different forms!

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  • Tommi Perkins
  • Lockesburg, AR United States
  • 2012-05-05

Too much hype interfered with theme of the book

What disappointed you about Mindset?

Way too much hype about how this book is revolutionary and was the first blah, blah, blah. I heard these theories before and felt insulted by the elementary presentation. I got so tired of the "infomercial" interjected in the actual "how to", I had to stop the CD on the first disc. It was very irritating! And, while I do like it when the author performs the preface, Ms. Dweck either needs to refrain from speaking this part or take performance lessons. No offense intended. Her performance is monotone and lackluster. I thought to myself as I was listening to this part, "If she's the narrator, I'm going to ask for my money back". While I was pleased with Marguerite Gavin's performance, the material was grating on my nerves by hopping between the subject matter and congratulating itself for being the first in this field of study.

What could Carol Dweck have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Taken performance lessons or let someone else perform the preface. Also, take out all of the pumping up of the study. Maybe it would have a better flow.

What three words best describe Marguerite Gavin’s performance?

Perky, clear, pleasant.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation.

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  • Jairam
  • TORONTO, ON, Canada
  • 2012-03-24

Dated and ordinary

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Rather than dwell continuously on fixed vs growing mindsets it would have helped more to learn of how to develop growing mindsets. The author dwells almost exclusively on the consequences of the two mindsets rather than the causes of the two.

Has Mindset turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, i will be more selective in what i purchase

How did the narrator detract from the book?

A little too fast a reader

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

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  • Roy
  • Beaumont, TX, United States
  • 2010-09-17

Fixed or Growth Mindset?

Carol Dweck suggests that individuals are either of fixed or of growth mindselt. The former views aptitudes and abilities as unchanging and the second as flexible and growing. She provides a check list that will help the reader determine what mindset is dominant. This is perhaps the book that Napolean Hill or the Reverend Dr. Norman Vincent Peal would have written had insights into neuroplasticity and mindset had been available to them.

This is a serious, practical, and thoroughly beneficial read. It is informative, well written, easy to follow and well read by Marguerite Gavin. It is well worth your time if you have an interest.

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  • David
  • 2017-03-15

Révolutionnaire

J'ai bien apprécié tous les exemples. J'ai qu'une​ seule envie de le mettre en pratique.

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  • Nicolas D.
  • 2017-02-17

Too many examples

This book is all about examples that are supposed to illustrate the author's theory, the growth mindset, and show its many qualities. Although I'm confident that it is a great way to think of self-improvement, the book mentions too few scientific studies. I didn't find anything useful until chapter 5.

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  • NMZ
  • 2016-07-21

decue

la voix est assez irritante mais surtotu le contenu est un assemblage d exemples et de repetitions. il suffit de lire l introduction et on a saisi l idee. lire jusqu qu bout est une perte de temps

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