Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck

In Mindset, Carol Dweck looks at how we can achieve our goals by changing our mindset. She discusses the difference between people with a fixed mindset and those with a growth mindset, and how this determines how we deal with tough situations and setbacks.

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What does the book say?

  • Our mindset tells us whether we think we can grow and learn, or not.

  • There are two types of mindset:

- Fixed – who believe they are naturally gifted at doing some things, and truly incapable of doing others.

- Growth – who believe they can become experts at anything if they try hard enough.

  • People with a growth mindset continually improve throughout their lives, while people with a fixed mindset are held back by their minds. If they fail at something, rather than learn, they blame others.

  • Because those with a fixed mindset are quick to judge themselves and others as being intrinsically good or bad at something, they assume they are being judged in the same way.

  • Thus they constantly seek approval and err away from doing anything they're not currently good at.

What actions can I take?

  • Change your self-talk. Instead of blaming yourself when something goes wrong, look to see how you can improve for next time.

  • A fixed mindset isn't easy to change, but through time and effort, your mindset can gradually improve.

  • Remember: The growth mindset is the key to a fulfilled life.