Mindset - Updated Edition: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential Paperback – 12 Jan. 2017
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It’s a good book, but she never says what the Growth Mindset is crisp and clearly enough for me. She also is short on empirical evidence to back it up.
What she is heavy on is qualitative anecdotes and stories that she quotes verbatim from either sports or business people or her studies and it’s feedback that is long winded and after a while gets a bit boring.
It also takes a long time - till the end of the book - to go into depth, that you’re not one or the other, but a blend. Which one you are Can be determined by circumstance and triggers.
Could have been more concise, succinct and would have been more enjoyable for it.
Or try and make a difference. In your work life, your personal life, how you deal with colleagues, your friends, family and your children. This book is not a "tickbox" or a "top ten things you need to do" and the reason for this, is that the change has to come from within you. This book purley is a catalyst to empower you to make that change. I've purchased a copy for all my friends for Christmas.
This book has salient information for everyone but the delivery is so laboured, it's easy to miss. You can get the gist by reading the summary at the end of each chapter and speeding through the final chapter (8), skipping around 75%.
Definitely buy this book if:
* you like your information delivered slowly in a narrative form and repeated
* you have a big interest in US sports
* you find social proof persuasive or motivating.
"How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big" by Scott Adams would be a suitable replacement and is a much better investment of time.
It could be good if you find it difficult to start new things as could give you a new outlook to then adopt but if you already do look outward, the book may seem quite rigid and conflicting
Not for me however like I say, I didn't get past the second chapter, possibly the latter paged may have changed my mind had I continued but I didn't
It will provide plenty of evidence on why you should make a subtle change to your approach.
The benefits will be well, well worth the price that you pay Amazon for this book.
I bought it as a soccer coach to help my with my player psychology, in reality it will probably be responsible for changing my psychology far more than theirs!
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Was mich etwas gestört hat: Ihr Buch beginnt Frau Dweck mit den Worten "No book has ever explained this mindset and shown people how to make use of it in their lives." - das entspricht nicht der Realität. Von der Philosophie der Antike (besonders die Stoiker) über Nietzsche bis hin zu Psychologen wie Kazimierz Dabrowski: Das Gedankengut findet sich bereits bei vielen anderen Menschen und in vielen anderen Büchern, bloß sind diese nicht so modern und haben keinen griffigen Titel wie "growth mindset". Der Nobelpreisträger Santiago Ramón y Cajal meinte vor hundert Jahren schon: "Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain." Das ist im Wesentlichen die Botschaft des Buches, deren Bedeutung dann durch viele Beispiele erläutert wird. Hier hätte ich mir wenigstens eine andeutungsweise historische Einordnung gewünscht.
Zusammenfassend: Wer sich mal einen Vortrag von Dweck angehört hat und lesen möchte, wie das growth mindset in verschiedenen Situationen konkret aussieht, um ein besseres Verständnis zu erlangen, der kann das Buch guten Gewissens kaufen. Man kann hier durchaus etwas lernen, auch wenn an Theorie vergleichen mit ihren TED Talks nicht so viel dazu kommt.
The book is not for those having growth mindset.
Sorry Carol Dweck, I had to put my thoughts out there for my fellow readers.
In my opinion, there were far too many examples of the same kind to fill the pages. I haven't read the author's academic articles yet, but I guess that reading them would have been largely sufficient to get the same effect and I would have saved precious time.