Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

by Carol S. Dweck
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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

Now updated with new research—the book that has changed millions of lives

After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with agrowth 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.

In this edition, Dweck offers new insights into her now famous and broadly embraced concept. She introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. She also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organizations. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love—to transform their lives and your own.

Praise for Mindset

“A good book is one whose advice you believe. A great book is one whose advice you follow. This is a book that can change your life, as its ideas have changed mine.”—Robert J. Sternberg, co-author of Teaching for Wisdom, Intelligence, Creativity, and Success

“An essential read for parents, teachers [and] coaches . . . as well as for those who would like to increase their own feelings of success and fulfillment.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Everyone should read this book.”—Chip Heath and Dan Heath, authors of Made to Stick

“One of the most influential books ever about motivation.”—Po Bronson, author of NurtureShock

“If you manage people or are a parent (which is a form of managing people), drop everything and read Mindset.”—Guy Kawasaki, author of The Art of the Start 2.0

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345472328
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/26/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 831
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading researchers in the fields of personality, social psychology, and developmental psychology. She is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, and has won nine lifetime achievement awards for her research. She addressed the United Nations on the eve of their new global development plan and has advised governments on educational and economic policies. Her work has been featured in almost every major national publication, and she has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, and 20/20. She lives with her husband in Palo Alto, California.

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DFWScorpio More than 1 year ago
Let them fail! ~~ Reading this book and being exposed to the two mindsets allows me to become a better teacher and parent. Not only can I use these strategies in my classroom, but I can foster better relationships with all people: co-workers, friends, family, and neighbors. This is a MUST READ for anyone wanting to grow personally and understand others' perspectives on success and failure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So many books have come out that divide us into sharply separate groups, mindwise, and such a flood (but public likes them) that treat the new findings in brain, cognition, consciousness, personality changes, etc--that one has to be amazing to rate 5 stars. Well, but here she does it. Two radically different ways we can feel, think, plan, decide in the uncertainties of a lifetime. It is not really a 'self-help' book. The two life-ways described try to bring to the masses the new discoveries in how minds work, how we form our personalities and make decisions. Not just loose estimates but backed up by late scientific studies and tests. By an acknowledged professional. You will meet people who show these two patterns: 'growth mindset' vs 'fixed states mind' around you. And confront these two paths of destiny within! Also some are struggling to make a way and figure them out, balance them. You are included. Not a magic formula but a sober account to help you navigate in life's uncharted seas. And, the new findings on flexibility, how brain can change itself, we can change ourselves here show the good. A happy fate: a chance to reach our goals: that we can change both and confront life to win. Optimism, based on old guesses but lit up by scientific scrutiny. Wow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a faculty memeber at a Community College and I am requiring all of my students to read this resource for their benefit and the benefit of the students they will influence.
CoeurGal More than 1 year ago
I want to give this book to EVERYONE I know! Co-workers, friends, people with marriage and relationship issues.....easy to read, super applicable to just about everyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has a simple premise: The world is divided between people who are open to learning and those who are closed to it, and this trait affects everything from your worldview to your interpersonal relationships. Author and psychology professor Carol S. Dweck has scoured research papers and news clippings to extract anecdotes about the pros and cons of both mindsets. Thus, stories about Michael Jordan, Lee Iacocca, John McEnroe, Wilma Rudolph and Babe Ruth, among others, find a place in this book. Dweck addresses the ways that mindsets have an impact on people. She explains that you can have a closed mindset in regard to some traits and an open mindset in regard to others. The thought-provoking insight comes from learning when you need to adjust your mindset to move ahead. The author extends her basic point by viewing all areas of human relationships through the prism of mindset. That is interesting, but we believe that this material would still be useful and illuminating even if it applied only to leadership and management.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you have a fixed or growth mindset? Carol Dweck gives many examples of fixed and growth mindsets that affect our daily lives, past and future. It was a very good read and understandable. I recommend this to anyone who wants to improve their mindset in these challenging days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book, especially for anyone who feels "stuck." Dweck presents a paradigm shift that will change the way you approach everything. "The new Psychology of Success" is a little misleading in that many people equal "success' with business or career, but she means success in what ever you endeavor to do, success in life. She explains the way mindset functions in our lives and then gives simple, practical ways to shift and make changes for the better.
Always_Inspired More than 1 year ago
This book came form a psychological perspective regarding 2 mindsets, the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. It talks about how to determine both, as well as how to deal with someone of either mindset. It also discusses how to change from a fixed to a growth mindset. The book discussed as well, that you have a growth mindset in one area and a fixed mindset in another. In the beginning of the book you can take a quiz to see your mindset. It's an easy enough read and will give to my teenagers to read.
JohnBensonMath More than 1 year ago
The basic idea presented by Dr. Dweck should be understood by everyone who helps children become adults. The book is research based yet easy to read and understand. It explains why some children find learning so much fun and others do not. The book explains how parents, coaches and teachers can become far more effective by simply understanding how that brain grows.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting. I will use some of the techniques with my kids. I skimmed over most of the business section because I am no longer in business but I love the overall philosophy of this book and think it is very helpful in life.
Diane Trim More than 1 year ago
Terrific book. I so many great examples, positive thinking, and a solid course of action. I bought copies for people I love. I hope they'll read it and plan to keep learning for the rest of their lives.
ImAdamBailey More than 1 year ago
Brilliant! I LOVE the idea of having a growth mindset.  Revolutionary. Reading this book was like turning a light switch on. We aren't the sum of our intelligence and talent, these are just the starting points. Through dedication and hard work we are always growing, learning, and evolving. Fixed mindset: This is just how I am Growth mindset: I can learn and grow and become anything I want.  Great stuff!
Franici Desmon More than 1 year ago
Carol Dweck’s Psychological success Mindset has shaken the earth with its ability to unshackle the secrets of the mind. This book goes through the many key points of the mind, from explaining the differences of a growth and fixed mindset, to the pursuit of our own personal and professional goals. The Author includes many stories of people from famous basketball and tennis players, to the headstrong CEO of Chrysler, and how a fixed mindset only limit them to depending on their natural skills, trying to impress people, and being the best. Where the people with the growth mindset take challenges, push themselves, and are the best they can be. Carol Dweck is one of the most respected Psychologists in her field, she’s received several awards such as, but not limited to: Book Award for Self-Theories, Donald Campbell Career Achievement Award in Social Psychology, Society for Personality and Social Psychology Award, Ann L. Brown Award for Research in Developmental Psychology, University of Illinois Kingenstein Award for Leadership in Education, Kingenstein Center, Columbia University James McKean Cattell Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for Psychological Science Distinguished Scholar Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology Distinguished Scientist Award (Society for Experimental Social Psychology) Invited Address, United Nations, Wilbur Cross Medal Yale University. “Becoming is better than being”, In the Mindset, Carol Dweck explains the complexities of the current human mind and maps out ways for you to achieve your full potential in any field reality. Even if you have no practice in that field, “No matter what your ability is effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishments”. These words have inspired millions like me, and have opened doors to things that I never thought I could do before, like archery and boxing. These two things I had absolutely no confidence in doing, but after reading Mindset, Id not only suggest this book to everyone I meet id personally recommend people take Carol Dweck’s word to heart.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Outstanding indeed! Worth a second and more intensive read. I'll definitely be using my newfound knowledge in the classroom. Both my students and children deserve the benefits this text and I will bring forth. Thank you, Dr. Dweck, for all of your hard work. I am inspired by your success. Anthony M. Fields, Sr., Elementary Educator, Kirkwood (MO) School District
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This is a must read for every parent, teacher and coach, who wants to provide a learning environment for their kids to be successful in life.
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