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Book Summary: Mindset by Carol S. Dweck Ph.D.

By Carmen Sakurai


People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment. ~ Amazon.com


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Author Carol Dweck explains the difference between two attitudes: the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. The fixed mindset is concerned with being judged for what they already are, while the growth mindset thrives on learning and becoming even better. Intelligence and talent is something you can develop, as opposed to something that is a fixed, deep-seated trait and the view you adopt for yourself affects the way you lead your life. [/su_tab]

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  1. The fixed mindset believes that your qualities are carved in stone, creating an urgency to prove yourself over and over.
  2. The growth mindset allows people to love what they’re doing and to continue to love it in the face of difficulties.
  3. Becoming is better than being. The fixed mindset does not allow space for people to “become”. They have to already “be”. People with the growth mindset thrive on learning and “becoming” even better.
  4. Studies revealed that children with a growth mindset were not discouraged by failure, they didn’t even think they were failing. They thought they were learning.
  5. We are all born with a growth mindset, and between the ages of 1 to 3 a fix/growth mindset can already be determined. However, with some self-work, anyone can develop a growth mindset.



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