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150 Carol Dweck: Mindset

The importance of mindset in achieving success and reaching one’s full potential, and the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.

Carol S. Dweck: Mindset


Mindset explores the idea that our beliefs about ourselves and our abilities can have a profound impact on our success and happiness in life. The book argues that there are two types of mindsets: a fixed mindset, where people believe their abilities are innate and unchangeable, and a growth mindset, where people believe that their abilities can be developed through hard work and dedication. The book offers practical strategies for cultivating a growth mindset, and shows how it can lead to greater achievement, resilience, and fulfillment.


Title: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Author: Carol S. Dweck PhD

Publishing Year: 2019

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Length in hours: 10 hours and 23 minutes

5 main ideas

  1. Mindset is a key factor in determining success and achievement, and can have a profound impact on our lives.
  2. There are two types of mindsets: a fixed mindset, where people believe their abilities are innate and unchangeable, and a growth mindset, where people believe that their abilities can be developed through hard work and dedication.
  3. The fixed mindset can limit people's potential and lead to a fear of failure, while the growth mindset can promote resilience, creativity, and a passion for learning.
  4. Mindset can be changed and developed through effort and practice, and individuals can learn to cultivate a growth mindset by embracing challenges, seeking out feedback, and focusing on the process rather than the outcome.
  5. Mindset is not just about individual success, but also about creating a culture of growth and innovation in organizations, schools, and communities.
Carol S. Dweck: Mindset

5 funny quotes

  1. "The more we learn, the more we can learn."
  2. "The brain is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets."
  3. "The path to success is not a straight line. It's a zigzag, with bumps and detours along the way."
  4. "Failure is not a permanent condition. It's a temporary setback that can be overcome with perseverance and determination."
  5. "Success is not a destination, it's a journey. Enjoy the ride!"

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "Becoming is better than being."
  2. "The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life."
  3. "Effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment."
  4. "People with a growth mindset believe that they can improve with effort. They outperform those with a fixed mindset, even when they have a lower IQ, because they embrace challenges, treating them as opportunities to learn something new."
  5. "If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original."

5 dilemmas

  1. How can individuals and organizations cultivate a growth mindset and overcome the limitations of a fixed mindset?
  2. How can we reconcile the need for grit and perseverance with the importance of taking risks and embracing failure?
  3. How can we create a culture of growth and innovation in our schools, workplaces, and communities?
  4. How can we measure the impact of mindset on individual and organizational success?
  5. How can we promote the idea of "yet" - the belief that we may not have succeeded yet, but we can with effort and perseverance - in our education and training systems?

5 examples

  1. Thomas Edison - inventor and entrepreneur who famously said, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
  2. Michael Jordan - basketball legend who was famously cut from his high school basketball team before going on to win six NBA championships.
  3. Carol Dweck - author and psychologist who developed the concept of mindset and has spent decades researching its effects on individuals and organizations.
  4. Steve Jobs - entrepreneur and innovator who famously said, "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."
  5. Albert Einstein - physicist and genius who famously said, "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious."

Referenced books

  1. "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" by Angela Duckworth
  2. "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" by Daniel H. Pink
  3. "The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How" by Daniel Coyle
  4. "The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment" by Eckhart Tolle
  5. "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Martin Seligman

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Carol S. Dweck: Mindset
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