Summary of Mindset

The New Psychology of Success

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Mindset book summary
People can be of two minds: fixed and flexible. In a changing world, flexible is better for relationships and growth.


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This book has a simple premise: The world is divided between people who are open to learning and those who are closed to it, and this trait affects everything from your worldview to your interpersonal relationships. Author and psychology professor Carol S. Dweck has scoured research papers and news clippings to extract anecdotes about the pros and cons of both mindsets. Thus, stories about Michael Jordan, Lee Iacocca, John McEnroe, Wilma Rudolph and Babe Ruth, among others, find a place in this book. Dweck addresses the ways that mindsets have an impact on people. She explains that you can have a closed mindset in regard to some traits and an open mindset in regard to others. The thought-provoking insight comes from learning when you need to adjust your mindset to move ahead. The author extends her basic point by viewing all areas of human relationships through the prism of mindset. That is interesting, but getAbstract believes that this material would still be useful and illuminating even if it applied only to leadership and management.

In this summary, you will learn

  • The differences between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset
  • Why the growth mindset conveys more positive lifelong opportunities
  • How mindsets affect leadership styles


The Growth Mindset
Some people are more intelligent, more thoughtful or more adventuresome than others. For years, experts attributed such differences to each individual's combination of environment, physiology and genetic makeup. But other factors help determine individual characteristics...
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About the Author

Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is a leading researcher in personality and psychology. A psychology professor at Stanford University, she formerly taught at Columbia University. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She also wrote Self-Theories, which was named Book of the Year by the World Education Fellowship.

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    Cheryl Donnelly 1 month ago
    I read this book and found it extremely powerful
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    Bryce Wilson 3 years ago
    To the the point, can be applied to leadership and management of any organization.
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    Bryce Wilson 3 years ago
    Amazing stuff!

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