Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential

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mindsetMy 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.

Growth Mindset

“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 the #1 thing 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

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