Mindset The New Psychology of Success Carol S. Dweck

Excellent book. This one sounds like a typical self-help book, but it’s a real find. The author is a pyschology researcher at Columbia, and her book is filled with insights and illustrations regarding the differences that a fixed mindset vs. a growth mindset can have when applied to business, parenting, school, and relationships. Her research has been highlighted in many venues, including an excellent book on parenting titled Nurture Shock.

” This is probably all i really need to hear out of this book, but i will read the whole thing anyway. there are two mindsets. fixed and growth.”

The book’s message spoke to me and the mindset I’ve adopted in some areas of my life. I’m particularly prone to the “Effort Gone Awry” scenario where I would work hard, but not with a growth mindset (i.e., one associated with the love of learning). Rather, I’d be working hard to prove myself to others. I worked hard to have achievements that would validate my self worth and adopted identity. The downside is that you end up being unwilling to take risks or face tough challenges (if you fail, your self worth goes down). Also, you end up running yourself ragged and being stressed out because you’re afraid of losing the approval of others if you don’t succeed.

I find the growth mindset fits very well within a Christian perspective as our life in God needs to be always one of continual growth — “higher up and deeper in” as C.S. Lewis would say. The fixed vs. growth mindset isn’t the whole story, but it’s an important part of the puzzle in helping us better understand how our minds work.


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