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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

by Carol S. Dweck

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Benjamin Barber

"I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures... I divide the world into the learners and non-learners."

Mindsets are powerful beliefs

Mindsets are just beliefs; powerful ones, but they’re just something in your mind, and you can change them.

Just by being aware of the two mindsets (fixed and growth), you can start thinking and reacting in different ways. It’s also important to realize...

  • Having a fixed mindset means believing that your qualities are carved in stone. This creates an urgency to prove yourself all the time.
  • People with a fixed mindset expect ability to show up on its own before any learning takes place.
  • Some of...

  • The growth mindset is the belief that abilities can be cultivated through effort. Everyone can change and grow through application and experience. 
  • This is the mindset that allows people to succeed during challenging times.
  • P...

The growth mindset and change

The growth mindset shows that people can change, but it doesn’t tell you how much change is possible or how long change will take.

The growth mindset also doesn’t mean everything that can be changed should be changed. We all need to accept some of our imper...

People with a fixed mindset usually say the ideal partner would:

  • Put them on a pedestal.
  • Make them feel perfect.
  • Worship them.

People with the growth mindset hope their ideal partner is someone who would:

  • See thei...

  • The fixed mindset says that tests or experts can tell us what our potential is, what we’re capable of, what our future will be: you can simply measure the fixed ability right now and project it into the future.
  • The idea that one evaluation can measure you fo...

When people with a fixed mindset usually try to prove that they’re special. The problem is when special begins to mean better than others.

People who believe in fixed traits feel an urgency to succeed, and when they do succeed, they feel and display a sense of superiori...

Mindsets and failure

  • For the fixed mindset, failure is transformed from an action (I failed) to an identity (I am a failure). For people with this mindset, failure can define them in a permanent way. And they might try to repair their self-esteem by assigning blame or making excuses.
  • Failur...

From the point of view of the fixed mindset, effort is only for people with deficiencies. Needing it casts a shadow on your ability.

Effort also leaves you with no excuses. Without effort, you can always say, “I could have been ...” But once you try, y...

  • For the rest of your life, seek constructive criticism, even when you're tempted to create a world in which you're perfect.
  • Is there something in your past that you think measured you? A test score, being fired from a job or being rejected? F...

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