Difficulty: 6/10 (Moderate)
Main Idea: There are two mindsets. The Growth Mindset believes that you can train your brain to overcome any challenge, and The Fixed Mindset believes that you are born with a set amount of brain power.
Recommended For: Anyone looking to accomplish more
This book explains the two different mindsets that people have developed. One is the growth mindset, which enables it’s users to overcome challenges and excel. They are the ones who believe that if they are facing a challenge, it is an opportunity to grow and get smarter. People with the fixed mindset, however, do not have access to this powerful information because they view intelligence and abilities as something you are born with and cannot change. This mindset is detrimental to one’s development because if you believe that you cannot change, then any task that challenges you sends the message that you are inferior. If you see someone achieve something that you cannot achieve on your first try, you assume inferiority. The mindset is dangerous because if you don’t believe you can grow then there is no motivation to try.
Leaders and Their Mindsets
The book explores children, CEOs, Coaches, and relationships from the growth and fixed mindset. Being a practicing psychologist for many years, Carol Dweck has multiple experiences in these fields. She thoroughly researches top CEOs and coaches and finds that their growth mindset makes them great, while CEOs like Lee Iacocca and Coach Bobby Knight possesed fixed mindsets which lead to some bad times for them. Seeing the difference between the two mindsets in these realms helps the reader to understand the mindsets and motivates to adopt the growth mindset.
How Can You Adopt the Growth Mindset
The last chapter runs through scenarios and explains what a fixed mindset response would be and what a growth mindset response would be. What the reader finds is that the mindset is primarily based on what kind of questions you ask and what meaning you give to events. For example, getting rejected from a top college choice to a fixed mindset means that they are not smart enough to go to that college; however, to the growth mindset, it simply means they need to try another way.
Overall, the book is wonderful. It clearly presents such a powerful message that could change your outlook on everything and make challenges exciting instead of a demeaning process. There were long, individual chapters devoted to CEOs, coaches, and relationship each which was slow to get through at some times. That’s my only beef with the book. Overall, awesomeness.
“For no matter what your ability is effort is what ignites that ability and turn it into accomplishment”
“Becoming is better than being.”
“If you give effort like this all the time, if you fight like this, I’m telling you, I promise you, we’ll be there in March.” (Quoting Pat Summitt, Lady Vols basketball coach, 8× NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Champion)
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