Book Category: Business, Motivational,

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (book summary)

Author: Carol Dweck
Life Changing Principles
Quality of Writing
Overall Value
pros: Lots of great takeaways, easy to read, inspiring
cons: A bit redundant, not very quotable
overall rating

Quick Summary
Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck explains how success is more about a growth mindset than anything else.

Key Insights

  • Expertise “is not some fixed prior ability, but purposeful engagement.”
  • The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life
  • Pursue a growth mindset (if at first you don’t succeed, try again) over a fixed mindset (if at first you don’t succeed, you probably don’t have the ability)
  • Your mindset is your world
  • People with the growth mindset know that it takes time for potential to flower.
  • A fixed mindset says when you fail you are a failure
  • Your mindset can be changed
  • You can learn to do anything

Practical Application

  • Focus on the process and not accomplishments
  • Look for motivation in setbacks
  • Continue to pursue growth and learning
  • Don’t stop a task just because you are not good at it in the beginning
  • Surround yourself with people who will encourage you to grow
  • Just because a problem has gone away doesn’t mean you should stop doing the thing that fixed it

Meaningful Quotes

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. – Benjamin Barber

You either go one way or the other. – Alex Rodriguez

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