Mindset by Carol Dweck is one of my all time, favourite and most referenced book from my book collection. Dweck has combined decades of research into a 280 page book highlighting the role mindsets play when it comes to achieving our goals.
In this brilliant book, Dweck highlights how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset — those who believe that abilities are fixed — are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset — those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.
This book is fascinating as it breaks up the concept of mindsets, and how it can either guide you closer towards success or further away from it. It helps to guide you across various areas of your life and thinking, regardless if you have a fixed or a growth mindset. Dweck breaks down the concept of intelligence, challenging if success is about learning, or simply proving you are smart and that is that.
KEY EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK
“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning.”
“Just because some people can do something with little or no training, it doesn’t mean that others can’t do it (and sometimes do it even better) with training. This is so important, because many, many people with the fixed mindset think that someone’s early performance tells you all you need to know about their talent and their future.”
“There were two meanings to ability, not one: a fixed ability that needs to be proven, and a changeable ability that can be developed through learning.”