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Mindset by Dr Carol S Dweck
Date: Jun 30, 2021
So, this book blew my mind, so much so it has taken me days to sit in front of a computer and write this book review. How could I capture just a few elements when there are facts and findings on every page that makes you think “What?” “Really?” “I do that!” “I should change that!”
The main context of the book is looking at a fixed mindset vs a growth mindset. I really thought I was getting it and then “Pow” you can think you have a growth mindset but actually you have a fake growth mindset! Why? Because you can’t change your mindset quickly. It takes time, practice and continual reminders to truly have a growth mindset.
This book covers everything from studies with students and differing reactions to situations and tests when praised on ability vs effort. Through to relationships you have and how a fixed mindset can actually mean that you believe a good relationship requires no work as it should just happen where actually the opposite is true.
You can also have different mindsets in different aspects of your life and you may have a growth mindset but you’re raising children with a fixed mindset.
See I told you – mind blowing!!
Carol’s interpretation of a growth mindset is about believing people can develop their abilities. You may say you’re open-minded or flexible but are you dedicated to growing talent? Praising effort can also be mis-interpreted as what did someone learn throughout the process? It is the process that Carol is saying should be appreciated: the hard work, trying new strategies and seeking input from others. Not following the same process and getting the same results.
You can open yourself up to change and Carol takes you through some scenarios on how you can do that by discussing the fixed mindset and the growth mindset approaches and how you could react under each in different situations.
She continues on this journey by then giving you the tools for your own journey to a true growth mindset.
There is so much in this book still to absorb and I know I’ll read it again and soon, as I want to continue to discover my growth mindset in all areas of my life and to do that I need to revisit the facts and to use the tools and exercises to continue my own changes.
As Carol says
“Change can be tough, but I’ve never heard anyone say it wasn’t worth it”