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Worst Example of the Genre,
This review is from: Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential (Paperback)I love business books. They have their faults. We can all spot success in retrospect, and see it as inevitable when it arrives. So to think that if you do what others do, you'll get the same results, is seductive, but actually it is unlikely.
The message of this book can be summed up in a sentence. Some people are rigid in their thinking and see individual experiences as definitive, others have a more flexible attitude. It's probably better to have a more flexible attitude.
This book takes the American penchant for labeling to the extreme. 50 years ago you could replace 'fixed mindset' with Communist, and 'growth mindset' with the American way of life. Page after page of this book describes the 'fixed mindset' as the root of all evil. Actually all human beings are complex and they react in different ways according to the circumstances. Dweck can identify what makes people unhappy in organisations, but if you join any institution you will experience conflicts.
Take Steve Jobs. He was a great leader, but his biography says he often wasn't a very pleasant man.
The book is just a tedious repetition of examples of why virtue is virtuous and wickedness is wicked.