Having spent her life exploring human motivation, Dweck is a bit of a rock star in the psychology world, and this book show’s why. She takes a simple concept – which has very deep ramifications on every aspect of our lives – and explores it in accessible language and then applies it to various areas such as parenting, business, sports, and general life.
The premise is simple – we have two types of mindset, and which one we have will impact almost every decision we make. No pressure then.
People with a Fixed Mindset believe their intelligence and talent is set in stone, and therefore how they approach challenges, obstacles, effort and criticism is fixed on how they see themselves being able to deal with them. They will either constantly try to prove themselves or give up rather than be shown up.
Those with a growth mindset however, believe their intelligence and talents can be developed. They will therefore see challenges as a chance to learn, and are constantly trying to improve themselves. Like this:
The good news is that she also gives practical guidance on how to change your mindset.
My favourite quote:
“Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.”