Mindset: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential – by Carol S. Dweck
How strongly I recommend it: 7/10
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This book will show you the principles of managing people (from teams to children) and ways to fulfill your potential through a growth mindset. And it can be applied to every aspect of your life.
Your personality mindset comes into play in situations that involve your personal qualities. The fixed mindset makes you concerned with how you’ll be judged; the growth mindset makes you concerned with improving.
People in a growth mindset don’t just seek challenge, they thrive on it. The bigger the challenge, the more they stretch.
People with the fixed mindset opt for success over growth, trying to prove that they’re special. Even superior.
Even in the growth mindset, failure can be a painful experience. But it doesn’t define you. It’s a problem to be faced, dealt with, and learned from.
In the growth mindset, it’s almost inconceivable to want something badly, to think you have a chance to achieve it, and then do nothing about it. When it happens, the I could have been is heartbreaking, not comforting.
The growth mindset does allow people to love what they’re doing—and continue to love it in the face of difficulties.
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but were afraid you weren’t good at? Make a plan to do it.
We like to think of our idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.
Character is the ability to dig down and find the strength even when things are going against you. It’s what allows you to reach the top and stay there. It takes real character to keep working as hard or even harder once you’re there.
When bosses become controlling and abusive, they put everyone into a fixed mindset. This means that instead of learning, growing, and moving the company forward, everyone starts worrying about being judged.
True self-confidence is “the courage to be open—to welcome change and new ideas regardless of their source.” Real self-confidence is not reflected in a title, an expensive suit, a fancy car, or a series of acquisitions. It is reflected in your mindset: your readiness to grow.
Create an organization that prizes the development of ability–and watch leaders emerge.
Is your workplace set up to promote groupthink? If so, the whole decision-making process is in trouble. Create ways to foster alternative views and constructive criticism. Assign people to play the devil’s advocate, taking opposing viewpoints so you can see the holes in your position.
Growth-minded teachers (or leaders) tell students the truth and then give them the tools to close the gap.