By Carol S. Dweck,

Book cover of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Book description

From the renowned psychologist who introduced the world to “growth mindset” comes this updated edition of the million-copy bestseller—featuring transformative insights into redefining success, building lifelong resilience, and supercharging self-improvement.

“Through clever research studies and engaging writing, Dweck illuminates how our beliefs about our capabilities exert tremendous influence on how…

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11 authors picked Mindset as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Carol Dweck's research helps explain why some people are more willing to explore curiosity based on the impact interaction with others has had on them.

I loved this book because she reveals what parents, teachers, and others inadvertently say or do, that impacts whether we have an open/growth or closed/fixed mindset. When writing my Curiosity Code Index assessment, Dweck's book helped to determine some of the factors associated with the things that inhibit curiosity.

This book will change the way you interact with those around you because it will make you cognizant of the power of how we word things…

If you want to be more creative, then you must get this book!

Dweck’s thesis is that we tend to approach challenges with one of two mindsets - “fixed” or “growth.” Too many people, according to Dweck, approach creative challenges with a mindset that quashes their creative spirit and jeopardizes their personal or professional success.

But the good news is that with a few alterations in our everyday thinking, we can alter our mindset and allow our natural creative spirit to flourish. Whether we are parents, CEOs, teachers, plumbers, computer technicians, or athletes we can re-energize our innate creativity to…

From Anthony's list on creativity and imagination.

Carol Dweck's book Mindset explores the idea that our beliefs about our own abilities and potential can have a significant impact on our success in life.

Dweck identifies two distinct mindsets that people can have: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. Individuals with a fixed mindset believe that their talents and abilities are fixed traits that cannot be changed, while those with a growth mindset believe that their abilities can be developed through hard work, dedication, and perseverance.

This work has resonated with me during my more than two decades of experience driving innovation from Silicon Valley, where I…

This book blew me away because of one central insight: you can choose how you feel.

Until that moment, I had always thought that my feelings were dictated by circumstances. That is classic victim mentality.

Once you realise that your feelings are your choice, you are empowered to make good choices about how you feel, even (especially) in bad moments. 

Mindset shows you the power of making good choices, and how you can make them. For me, it was a life-enhancing book.

This is one of my favorite books that I assign in all of my classes at UC Berkeley and regularly recommend to people embarking on life transitions. Dweck makes a compelling case that those of us who develop a growth mindset (and it absolutely can be developed!) are able to unlock our full potential. This means learning to embrace challenges, learn from failure, and find joy in the successes of those around us. She’s a Stanford professor, so it’s empirically grounded, but the insights are so actionable and can help each of us see the world in a brand new…

From Alex's list on recent graduates.

Dweck’s concept of “growth mindset” is an incredibly useful way to explain why some individuals and organizations respond more effectively to disruption than others. The key is, as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella points out, is to shift from being a ‘know-it-all’ to a ‘learn-it-all’. Dweck’s message is “It’s not always the people who start out the smartest who end up the smartest.” 

From Jonathan's list on responding to disruption and uncertainty.

Mindset goes deep on a particular, but vital, aspect of success – the idea of growth mindset. Put simply: People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are far less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed through hard work. Based on her long career as a researcher and educator, Dweck clearly explains what a growth mindset is, why it matters and how we can cultivate our own. It’s a helpful guide for anyone who wants to shift how they think about their capabilities and intelligence, but most especially…

How do you deal with failure? Mistakes? Those who have achieved tremendous success, not only have extreme dedication, but many possess a growth mindset as well. No matter what the experience, it is all for a greater goal: the perfect player, the perfect speaker, the perfect mother or father. 

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” - Michael Jordan

When I am looking for new ways…

Mindset is about finding a way forward—a topic that resonates across all ages, and all walks of life. Carol Dweck differentiates between a fixed mindset (which is restrictive), and a growth mindset (which is progressive). Based on research and authentic examples, she explains why a growth mindset is integral to maintaining momentum and success, and how to nurture that. I particularly like that she pays close attention to factors such as resilience, effort, and how to invest in one’s own learning. Her book has stood the test of time, and it has had a resounding impact around the globe.

From Joanne's list on procrastination, motivation, and kids.

The author argues that some of us have “fixed mindsets” – we assume our abilities are established early on and can’t be changed or improved. Others have “growth mindsets,” and believe that abilities can be developed. Drawing from such fields as business, sports, the arts and education, she demonstrates how we can enhance our abilities and those of others. For instance:

Some years back a principal was named educator of the year. One of her innovations: she changed the grading system and replaced “Fs” with “Not yet.” It told the kids to keep trying because they could do better. Most…

From Russell's list on leading during times of change.

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