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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Carol Dweck

At a glance:

This book revolutionizes the way we think about our abilities to change and grow. It also creates a common language on fixed and growth mindset among many. The book explores the concept of a "growth mindset," which is the belief that one's abilities can be developed through hard work, effort, and perseverance. Dweck contrasts this with a "fixed mindset," which is the belief that one's abilities are set in stone and cannot be changed.

Key takeaways:

- A growth mindset can lead to greater success in personal and professional life. Dweck argues that individuals with a growth mindset are more likely to take on challenges, learn from failure, and persist in the face of adversity.

- A fixed mindset can hold individuals back from achieving their full potential. Individuals with a fixed mindset often avoid challenges and give up easily, because they are afraid of failure.

- Mindsets can be changed. The book provides practical advice for how to develop a growth mindset, including learning to embrace challenges, viewing failure as an opportunity to learn and grow, and focusing on the process of learning rather than the end goal.

- Mindsets are not just about intellectual abilities, but also about talents, personality, and even moral qualities. Mindset is about having a sense of agency and the belief that you can change yourself and the world around you.

- Mindsets are not just about individuals but also organizations, cultures, and even entire societies. The book gives examples of how organizations and cultures that foster a growth mindset tend to be more innovative, adaptive and successful.


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