BOOK REVIEW: “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol Dweck

‘In a growth mindset, challenges are exciting rather than threatening. So rather than thinking, oh, I’m going to reveal my weaknesses, you say, wow, here’s a chance to grow.’
-Carol S. Dweck

‘Mindset’ is a book based on the psychological principals, which picks apart differences between having ‘a fixed mindset’ and ‘a growing mindset’.

‘The fixed mindset’, essentially is the belief that our trades are ‘Fixed’. Our qualities as human beings are predestined and unable to be cultivated through learning. You are either a naturally talented singer; good at math; or a rising basketball-star and there is nothing you can do to change these traits. It’s genetic and gifted.

On the contrary ‘the growing mindset’ approaches learning with the attitude that ‘you’ll always have the ability to improve your skills through hard work and effort.’ This idea is groundbreaking in societies where it is easily acceptable truths, that ‘artistic skills’ are either something you are born with or not. The psychology of the growing mindset takes the incision that our brains and our abilities are plastic and have capacity to be nurtured and cultivated to growth.
With this approach we have infinite amounts of resource, as long as we put in time and effort to master the subject of our pursuit.

The books is filled with examples, experiences and exercises, that allows the reader to pick apart their own ways, to make a switch to the growing mindset.
The concepts of this book have completely changed my perspectives on the abilities i got, my work ethic and the approach I take to learning. This book may slaps you in the face [in the best way possible]. It was quite a matrix moment and probably the wakeup-call I needed, to pick up the torch and start taking responsibility for my studies. (This book might have saved my final exams.)

If you don’t have the means to buy the book, or don’t have the time to read it, I can highly recommend looking into ‘the growing mindset’ by checking out Carols TED talk, here,  or by listening to the podcast by Quest Nutrition, here. The talk provides a well-rounded idea of the concept, and was my first introduction to the topic. The time you take to read this book will be very well invested. The book have previously also been highly recommended in regards to parenting and coaching.

Freja Blay.
Aarhus, Denmark.
9th of June 2017

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