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World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea—the power of our mindset.
 
Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals—personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.
 
Praise for Mindset
 
“Everyone should read this book.”—Chip and Dan Heath, authors of Switch and Made to Stick
 
“Will prove to be one of the most influential books ever about motivation.”—Po Bronson, author of NurtureShock
 
“A good book is one whose advice you believe. A great book is one whose advice you follow. I have found Carol Dweck’s work on mindsets invaluable in my own life, and even life-changing in my attitudes toward the challenges that, over the years, become more demanding rather than less. This is a book that can change your life, as its ideas have changed mine.”—Robert J. Sternberg, IBM Professor of Education and Psychology at Yale University, director of the PACE Center of Yale University, and author of Successful Intelligence
 
“If you manage any people or if you are a parent (which is a form of managing people), drop everything and read Mindset.”—Guy Kawasaki, author of The Art of the Start and the blog How to Change the World
 
“Highly recommended . . . an essential read for parents, teachers [and] coaches . . . as well as for those who would like to increase their own feelings of success and fulfillment.”—Library Journal (starred review)
 
“A serious, practical book. Dweck’s overall assertion that rigid thinking benefits no one, least of all yourself, and that a change of mind is always possible, is welcome.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“A wonderfully elegant idea . . . It is a great book.”—Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., author of Delivered from Distraction

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    Insightful

    It opened my mind to the fact that anything is possible if you just change your mindset.

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    I think I can, I think I can...

    I read this book because it was mentioned in Geoff Colvin's Talent is Overrated. I have always believed that if you think you can learn/do something, you have a much better chance of being able to do it. This book does a great job of explaining how a positive mindset can change the way you learn.

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    A must-read for everyone!

    Great strategies to improve one's personal growth for people in all walks of life, whether it be business, teaching, coaching, or relationships.

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    Very repetitive.

    I had to stop reading and start skimming. The point the author is making was made in the first chapter. I don't think 20 examples of the exact same idea in different scenarios of life is necessary to get the point across. Its like I'm reading the same material over and over again just substituting a different name and profession each time. No doubt a lot of work went into it. Research and studies etc.. but they all could have been presented much more concisely.

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    Brilliant!

    I LOVE the idea of having a growth mindset.  Revolutionary. Reading this book was like turning a light switch on. We aren't the sum of our intelligence and talent, these are just the starting points. Through dedication and hard work we are always growing, learning, and evolving. Fixed mindset: This is just how I am Growth mindset: I can learn and grow and become anything I want.  Great stuff!

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