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Mindset: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential Paperback – 10 January 2017
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- Publisher : Robinson; 1st edition (10 January 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 147213995X
- ISBN-13 : 978-2133487514
- Dimensions : 19.9 x 2.2 x 12.9 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Really mind bending in a good way, ‘Mindset’ is as readable as a novel. This is the one book I am recommending to everyone this year, because it’s made me a less anxious person and a better parent, colleague and friend.
Mindset is a very palatable, very approachable book on high level psychology and the effects it has on our lives; both the detrimental and the uplifting.
The language isn’t esoteric, and Carol definitely isn’t trying to flex years of academic knowledge and language - she is, instead, ultimately concerned with making her point as clearly as possible and to as many people as possible for, without a doubt, no other reason than to improve the lives of her readers.
Inside you’ll find anecdotes about people’s lives; both heartbreaking and liberating in equal serve. These stories stand to demonstrate the power between two very different approaches to processing the world, and our place within it, when faced with challenges, grief, disappointment, failure or loss. The stories act as paintings of two completely different portraits, and yet underlying this is the message that we, ultimately, are the artist of our own lives and while we may not be able to pick the canvas, we are free to choose the paint, the angle, the style and the time required to paint our own portrait; and that it will take time and effort to execute this at varying levels of success.
We all carry a mix of what’s labelled the Fixed-Mindset, and the Growth-Mindset, and as you’ll see it’s not a competition based on where you start relative to others in that ratio, nor a competition with yourself to be perfect.
If you ever hold yourself back, despite your successes, or if you feel hopeless and powerless to take control of yourself and become who you are capable of being, then start reading now.
You’ll not find strict answers to follow as a recipe for success, nor deep academic information, but you’ll find an encouraging way of looking at yourself, and the world; you’ll be kinder to yourself, kinder to others.
If not already, you’ll realise that you, like me, are an unfinished painting and that with time and effort, you can stand tall as a work of art, although never finished, in your own right.
If failure causes you to feel shame, pain and embarassment that is out of proportion with external events then it's a good sign that you too may have a fixed-mindset.
Briefly, if you believe your abilities are fixed you will repeatedly try to prove that you are good enough and will fear taking risks to avoid looking like a fool. You likely believe that abilities can be gauged through tests and that one's intelligence is set in stone. The growth-mindset on the other hand sees people as capable of change and takes the sting out of failures - real and imagined.
My only criticism is that there are too many anecdotes that go into too much detail. The author could have easily taken out ~20% of this book, which would've made it easier to read.
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This book has salient information for everyone but the delivery is so laboured, it's easy to miss. You can get the gist by reading the summary at the end of each chapter and speeding through the final chapter (8), skipping around 75%.
Definitely buy this book if:
* you like your information delivered slowly in a narrative form and repeated
* you have a big interest in US sports
* you find social proof persuasive or motivating.
"How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big" by Scott Adams would be a suitable replacement and is a much better investment of time.
Was mich etwas gestört hat: Ihr Buch beginnt Frau Dweck mit den Worten "No book has ever explained this mindset and shown people how to make use of it in their lives." - das entspricht nicht der Realität. Von der Philosophie der Antike (besonders die Stoiker) über Nietzsche bis hin zu Psychologen wie Kazimierz Dabrowski: Das Gedankengut findet sich bereits bei vielen anderen Menschen und in vielen anderen Büchern, bloß sind diese nicht so modern und haben keinen griffigen Titel wie "growth mindset". Der Nobelpreisträger Santiago Ramón y Cajal meinte vor hundert Jahren schon: "Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain." Das ist im Wesentlichen die Botschaft des Buches, deren Bedeutung dann durch viele Beispiele erläutert wird. Hier hätte ich mir wenigstens eine andeutungsweise historische Einordnung gewünscht.
Zusammenfassend: Wer sich mal einen Vortrag von Dweck angehört hat und lesen möchte, wie das growth mindset in verschiedenen Situationen konkret aussieht, um ein besseres Verständnis zu erlangen, der kann das Buch guten Gewissens kaufen. Man kann hier durchaus etwas lernen, auch wenn an Theorie vergleichen mit ihren TED Talks nicht so viel dazu kommt.
Or try and make a difference. In your work life, your personal life, how you deal with colleagues, your friends, family and your children. This book is not a "tickbox" or a "top ten things you need to do" and the reason for this, is that the change has to come from within you. This book purley is a catalyst to empower you to make that change. I've purchased a copy for all my friends for Christmas.