My personal notes from a discussion about the book: Mindset.
World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly ground-breaking idea-the power of our mindset.
Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success.
Here are my personal notes on the ‘Philosopher’s Notes version’ on the book Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential, by Carol Dweck.
Non-Learner’s vs Learner’s
“Doesn’t believe in effort”
- Believing that your qualities are carved in stone, the “fixed” mindset creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over.
- Sees failures as a sure-sign that they’re a moron. Even the thought that we might fail and be found-out, leads to inaction from the fixed mindset.
- Success is about proving you’re smart or talented; Validating Yourself.
- Failure is about not growing, not reaching for things you value. It means you’re not fulfilling your potential.
- Effort is a “bad thing”
- Everything is about the ‘outcome’. If you fail or are not the best, it’s all been wasted.
“Courageously confront your challenges”
- The hand you’re dealt is just the starting point for development. Based on the believe that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts.
- Everyone can change & grow through application & experience.
- Failure = opportunity to learn and grow and become a better person.
- A world of ‘changing qualities’ – it’s about stretching yourself to learn something new; Developing Yourself.
- Effort is what ‘makes’ you smart or talented.
- Loving what we do. The growth-minded athletes, CEO’s, musicians or scientists, all loved what they did. Many growth-minded people didn’t even plan to go to the top. They got there as a result of doing what they love.
- Allows people to value what they’re doing, regardless of the ‘outcome’.
Feeling depressed? Put yourself in a growth-mindset. Think about learning, challenging, confronting obstacles. Think about effort as a positive, constructive force and not as a big drag.
Tom Morris (True Success) – “The happiest people in the world are people who love what they’re doing, regardless of whether wealth, fame, power & elevated social status ever come their way. The most fulfilled people are individuals who delight in their work whatever it might be and strive to do it well.”
What’s thething that you can start doing today, that will have the most positive impact on your life?
Dweck, Carol. “Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential” Simon and Schuster, 2004