Finally, I’ve finished reading the book! It took me around a week long to finish reading it, and I am glad I did. The book is titled Mindset: The New Psychology of Success — How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential by Carol S. Dweck. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to read my short blog when I first started it, feel free to click here. Again, it is 246 pages long and it is not hard to read. Would I recommend this book? Yes, it’s amazing. And of course, it’s a perfect book for anyone who hates reading. Okay, I know that I’ve been consistently giving great reviews for the previous books, but maybe I was just lucky that I’ve been reading great books since I started this blog.
An Overall View of the Book
So, what is the beauty of this book? Firstly, it is written by an author with a Ph.D in Psychology. You can assume that this book contains studies and examples of a psychological theory, and lots of it. It starts off with a basic introduction of the difference between fixed mindset and growth mindset. The rest of the book basically revolves around that theory, explaining where and when it can be applied. The author focuses on the major aspects of life, specifically for parenting, business, school, and relationships.
Fixed vs. Growth Mindset
So, what exactly is fixed mindset and growth mindset? The author defines a person with a fixed mindset as someone who believes that abilities and skills come naturally; if you lack any kind of skills, you most likely aren’t capable of developing much of them. A person with the growth mindset is someone who doesn’t believe that people are naturally smart, but believes that any ability or skill can be develop even if they lack it. In one way, the different mindsets can translate to the different attitudes one will have when they deal with obstacles.
What’s the Importance of It?
As children, we have a tendency to grow within the fixed mindset. The reason why is because it is simply much easier and more convenient for human beings to think that way. Many of us are lazy; we don’t want to work for things. We believe that we should simply work on something that we are naturally gifted at. But here’s the thing, if we believe that we are naturally good at it, we wouldn’t try our best to keep improving ourselves. At times, we might be scared of trying something more challenging because we can’t handle “failures”; after all, we wouldn’t fail if we never tried, right?
And as for the growth mindset, we believe that one can improve greatly if one puts effort to practice and learn from their mistakes. They are unafraid of challenges; in fact, they see “failures” as a path for success! There are numerous stories in the book talking about people who have these mindsets such as Michael Jordan, the CEO of IBM, and many more. It is important that we have this kind of attitude in whatever troubles we face. Even if it is hard to adapt to this mindset and even harder to maintain it, the results would be promising and worth the fight.
Who Should Read this Book?
In my opinion, I believe that this book is for anyone who holds responsibilities for other people such as coaches, team leaders, CEOs and managers, teachers, parents, pastors, and etc. Why? They’re the ones who are the leaders of their group, and everyone else is affected by them. It’s also a book for anyone who wants to improve their self esteem, self confidence and self image. It’s for the ones who tend to look down, and be highly critical of themselves. As for me, personally, this book is really helpful on guiding me to think in the right mindset and helping others to do the same too. It also gives me the courage to keep on improving myself no matter what kind of obstacles I face in life.
So, I hope you guys enjoyed this book review. Please feel free to leave any comments or suggestions below. God bless!
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