January 3rd, 2020

Book 6 - 2018

Book 6: Mindset - Updated Edition: Changing the way you think to fulfil your potential by Dr. Carol S. Dweck - 288 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea-the power of our mindset.

Dweck explains why it's not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn't foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals-personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.

I'm rating this book a four, but I'd rather rate it a three and a half. Not because the ideas it outlines aren't really valuable, important or interesting. I learnt enough from this book to take away and apply to my own life, and this was my main driver for reading it (after hearing about the concept at a Women in Leadership seminar). My main gripe is that it basically got across the key facts in the first 100 or so pages, and then went over and over and over them in the rest of the book, so much so that I got really bored after awhile. Also, it seemed to take the view that mindset was literally the cause of everything either bad or good in one's life, and personally, I think life is a little more complicated than that. Putting that all aside, the hypothesis it outlines is a fascinating one, and while I think in some aspects of my life, I've always had a growth mindset, there are definitely areas where I have maintained a fixed mindset, and I know to be more conscious of that in the future. It has also made me look at other people in different ways, and try to push back on other people's fixed mindsets. So would I recommend this book? Yes. Would I tell someone to skim read it, focusing on the key points? Yes. Would I remind people that life is more than just their mindset? Yes. A valuable read that could have done with a good edit.

6 / 50 books. 12% done!

1949 / 15000 pages. 13% done!

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