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Engrossing book - But Could Have Been Better Written.
on 1 August 2016
I loved this book. This is one of those rare pieces of work which really got me thinking, and made me look at life in a new way. Carol Dweck's theory that most of us are controlled by either a "fixed" or "growth" mindset, and that our mindsets make a huge difference to how we succeed in life is intriguing. The reason that I've only given it four stars is because it's in my opinion a poorly written book. Perhaps Dweck should have hired a good ghost writer.
There were a few things which I disagreed with her about, the main one being her criticism of the tennis player John McEnroe. You don't get to the very pinnacle of your sport without having a growth mindset. As a person McEnroe was always a little bit damaged, but his development as a tennis player showed all the characteristics of the growth mindset: he worked hard at eliminating his deficiencies.
The part of this book which really made me really think was when Dweck discusses the labels which are put on people, especially children. She believes that it's just as wrong to label a child "intelligent" as it is to call him "stupid". According to Dweck the former label can cause a child to refuse to face challenges because doing so could blemish the "perfect" label which has been placed upon him. And I found myself laughing at her explanation of why Enron failed: the fixed-mindset arrogance of a business's senior managers was something which I've experienced in my working life too.
This is book which everybody should read: it made a massive impression on me.