The Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck

Mindset is one of the books that has had an impact on my life and has been able to change the way I think. This book has something in store for each one of us. It is based on great deal of research and just enough supporting examples, without bringing down the momentum of the book.

This book takes two very broad concepts, the Fixed Mindset and the Growth Mindset and classifies the way we think, under one of these two broad umbrellas. Fixed mindset is an idea that one is born with a handful of basic qualities that cannot be changed. On the contrary, Growth mindset is an idea that any quality can be cultivated by working towards it. Each individual has a combination of these mindset that vary based on situations.

Book has different sections for people in various roles/responsibilities/careers like Athletes, CEOs, Teachers, Partner, Parents and Coaches. I found some parts of the book very intriguing. Some of them are:

  • The author emphasizes on thriving on challenges. Our actions should always be driven by self interest and to learn and strive to be a little more better each day. There’s nothing to prove to anyone.
  • It is not just talent that succeeds. The book quotes a lot of examples where talented people did not put in adequate amount of hard work, because they never wanted to embrace defeat or learn from failures. They felt talent doesn’t need hard work. Hence it is not (just) talent that always succeeds. Talent is a very small part of what successful people have or do. Talent can be acquired by perseverance and seeking constant feedback and working towards them.
  • The beautiful explanation that brain makes neurological connections when we learn something new, gives a much convincing logical explanation that destroys the belief that one is born with talent or that “I do not have it in me”.
  • The author says that there is a deep rooted ego behind not taking feedback and improving on skills. This inhibits one from trying hard because there is always a constant fear of failure/disappointment and revealing to themselves or others that they were not “born with it”.
  • As parents we mostly tend to appreciate kids for their talent/intelligence rather than the efforts they put in to learn. Doing this constantly can instill the fear of failure and reinforce the thought that parents will love them less if they fail or are less intelligent. They will eventually shy away from challenges.

The book also gives various pointers to move gradually from a fixed to growth mindset and to thrive on challenges. I would say the book liberates you from the constant pressure of proving something to yourself and others, and instead focus on constantly learning and becoming a better version of ourselves.

Author: Shilpa

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