If you are looking for an audio book that can help you make positive change in your attitudes and enable you to see life in a new way, this is your pick. Carol Dweck leads us through her research in motivation and the psychology of personality to show us that our mindset is no mere quirk of personality: it dictates our world.
Our mindset is how we become cynical or hopeful; it shapes what we believe we can achieve, our attitudes about working and relating to people; it shapes how we raise our children; and ultimately, it predicts whether we will fulfill our hidden potential.
The two mindsets Dweck outlines are that of a fixed mindset, and that of a growth mindset. If yours is fixed, you think your gifts and strengths are fixed--you got 'em or you don't. You constantly, and sometimes unintentionally, try to prove yourself to others. If yours is one of growth, you think you can develop and strengthen your gifts over time. This is the mindset of successful people.
Dweck adeptly demonstrates that our mindset begins in childhood and through adulthood, it steers everything from hobbies, relationships, parenting, and work. She shows how creative geniuses from every background use the growth mindset to get the results they want. More importantly, she shows us that we can change our mindset, no matter our stage in life. She also helps us apply this growth mindset in order to promote it in others that we influence.
Pragmatic and engaging, Mindset just might change what you think about yourself, and your future.
Carol Dweck is a distinguished professor of psychology at Stanford University and received her post-doctorate from Yale University. Her research focuses on motivation, personality, and development.
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.
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