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The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The
oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the
highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the
seedlings of realities.
New Psychology of Success
Books (December 26, 2007)
From Publishers Weekly
Mindset is "an established set of attitudes held by someone,"
says the Oxford American Dictionary. It turns out, however, that
a set of attitudes needn't be so set, according to Dweck,
professor of psychology at Stanford. Dweck proposes that
everyone has either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. A fixed
mindset is one in which you view your talents and abilities
as... well, fixed. In other words, you are who you are, your
intelligence and talents are fixed, and your fate is to go
through life avoiding challenge and failure. A growth mindset,
on the other hand, is one in which you see yourself as fluid, a
work in progress. Your fate is one of growth and opportunity.
Which mindset do you possess? Dweck provides a checklist to
assess yourself and shows how a particular mindset can affect
all areas of your life, from business to sports and love. The
good news, says Dweck, is that mindsets are not set: at any
time, you can learn to use a growth mindset to achieve success
and happiness. This is a serious, practical book. Dweck's
overall assertion that rigid thinking benefits no one, least of
all yourself, and that a change of mind is always possible, is
“A good book is one whose advice you believe. A
great book is one whose advice you follow. I have found Carol
Dweck’s work on mindsets invaluable in my own life, and even
life-changing in my attitudes toward the challenges that, over
the years, become more demanding rather than less. This is a
book that can change your life, as its ideas have changed mine.”
–Robert J. Sternberg, IBM Professor of Education and Psychology
at Yale University, director of the PACE Center of Yale
University, and author of Successful Intelligence
Mindset: The New
Psychology of Success
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