There are only certain books that are enlightening to the core—and you will be ever grateful that you read them. I was absolutely elated to read 7 habits, and it caused a huge mindset shift in me.
Other books I have read in the Self-Help genre have mostly informed me and enlightened me. But it is rare to find a book that make a profound change in the mind.
Mindset: The New Psychology of success by Carol S. Dweck made a profound impact on me. This book was a fruit of labour of almost a decade’s research. And the author’s viewpoints are sound by all means.
The main premise of books deals with kinds of mindsets- (1) Fixed mindset and the other one is the (2) Growth mindset.
She compares and contracts both these mindsets in different areas of life.
I divide the world into the learners and non-learners
Growth mindset is all about learning, and improving oneself, but those with the fixed mindset do not enjoy the learning process. Instead of it, they simply want the validation of others in everything—others validation is more important to them.
People with the growth mindset said:
When its really hard, and I try to really hard, and I can do something I couldn’t do before.
When I work on something a long time and I start to figure it out.
Many people think if they ability they don’t need to put any effort. This is the fixed mindsets and the people with the fixed-mindset tend to have ideas like these.
There is also a truth about ability and accomplishment.
Ability is mostly in the fixed-mind realm and it is not necessarily true about ability and accomplishment being linked.
Is it ability or mindset? Was it Mozart’s musical ability or the fact that he worked till his hands were deformed? Was it Darwin’s scientific ability or the fact that he collected specimen’s nonstop from early childhood.
Even in sports the mindsets matter. The growth-minded person keeps working on the skill, whereas the fixed mindset think it is natural ability—and they don’t anything to improve their skill.
In business mindset is very important, and so it very important in relationships. Everyone thinks relationships should happen magically, but that will never happen. Even in relationships growth should take place, and only growth minded couples are happy and they do very well in life.
In school it is a whole new ball game, but I am covering mindset in schools, in my serialized blog post.
Change can be tough, but I’ve never heard anyone say it, wasn’t worth it. Maybe they’re just rationalizing, the way people who’ve gone through a painful initiation say it was worth it. But people who’ve changed can tell you how their lives have been enhanced.
Final verdict is this: Everyone serious about growth should read it.