Updated: Apr 9
Mindset, by Carol Dweck, is among the best books I've ever read. I will be immediately reading it again...and then maybe again, before moving on to a different book; and I will likely refer back to it for the rest of my life.
After taking 20 pages of notes, my next pass-through won't take nearly as long, and I might enjoy it even more. The thought of that is exciting as I enjoyed the first read immensely.
I think that Mindset should be required reading for all humans. Dweck's writing keeps you engaged as she presents her science based theories pertaining to the battles between the fixed and growth mindsets: abilities are fixed versus abilities can be developed through strategic effort and sheer determination.
It is clear early on that the growth mindset is the way to go if you want to thrive. Dweck supports this notion with substantial research; she teaches the reader how to grow their own mindset and offers strategies on how to cultivate a growth mindset environment allowing the reader to teach it to others.
As a father, teacher, and coach, I became particularly immersed in the portions addressing teaching the growth mindset to others.
"If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, seek new strategies, and keep on learning."
Gifts like these provide children with "a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence."
"Don't judge. Teach. It's a learning process."
Learn it first for yourself.
Learn it so well that you can give the gift to others.
We are all unfinished beings, capable of learning and developing.
The growth mindset gives us a path to a better future.
Mindset is THE must read book of must read books.
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