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Why This Book Matters:
World-renowned Stanford University Psychologist Carol Dweck explains how critical having a growth mindset is when it comes to achievement and success in any aspect of your life.
The Two Mindsets:
- Fixed Mindset: success is a byproduct of natural talent
- People with a fixed mindset believe that they’re either born good at something or they aren’t. This leads them to not work as hard, give up more easily, and reject constructive criticism.
- Example: You have a fixed mindset if after two failed attempts at cooking you say “I can’t cook” and never try again.
- Growth Mindset: success is a direct result of effort and hard work
- People with a growth mindset are perpetually learning and improving. They embrace challenges, grow from failure, value constructive criticism, and learn from others’ success.
- Example: Mozart studied and practiced relentlessly for ten years before he was able to produce his first successful symphonic composition.
- The mindset of a business leader can make or break a company.
- Companies that are focused on consistently improving and innovating are far more likely to be successful than companies that are content with their current success.
- Example: IBM, a dying company plagued by a dog-eat-dog culture witnessed an 800% jump in growth under CEO Lou Gerstner and his improvement/growth focused leadership.
- The most successful athletes practice a growth mindset.
- While most top athletes possess some degree of natural talent, persistent effort and relentless determination separates the good athletes from the truly great athletes.
- Example: World class gold medal record holding swimmer Michael Phelps practiced day after day for years with the single goal of constant improvement.
- Relationships often fall apart because of at least one partner’s fixed mindset.
- Couples with FM feel that if relationships don’t work it wasn’t meant to be. GM focused partners work together to find solutions to strengthen a weak relationship.
- Example: Many couples seek counseling because their GM leads them to take whatever step necessary to work through their problems to become a stronger couple.
- Teaching the proper mindset is crucial during childhood development
- Parents and teachers who approach children with a growth mindset teach children to work hard, learn new things, and push through adversity.
- Example: Parents who say “you are so smart” to their child who did well on a math test are teaching their kids a fixed mindset. Those who congratulate their child on their hard work are teaching their child a growth mindset.
- Mindsets are learned and can be changed.
- Moving from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset can feel uncomfortable at first, but with persistence, you can change the way you view your failures and successes.
- Example: The person who is sure they suck at cooking, who may feel uncomfortable at first, will start to improve if they work hard enough and are dedicated to doing so.