Mindset: The New Psychology of Success is a self-improvement book, aimed at helping the readers achieve success by changing their mindset. This book is written by renowned psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck after over a decade of research. You can, therefore, be sure that the book is packed with lots of new and groundbreaking ideas and concepts you might never have heard before.
Many of the people who achieved success in life like Michael Jordan, Einstein, Edison, and many others have heard to practice and improve constantly. This is after they have been turned down or labeled as losers. Do you have a fixed or growth mindset?
This Mindset: The New Psychology of Success summary outlines the chapters of the book and some of the great lessons that you can pick from them. Read on to understand what the book is all about.
The Mindsets – This chapter introduces the two mindsets, the fixed mindset, and the growth mindset. This sets the foundation for the rest of the book. If you have a fixed mindset, then you believe your intelligence is static. You avoid challenges, give up easily, ignore useful negative feedback, see the effort as useless and feel threatened by the success of others.
If you have a growth mindset, on the other hand, your intelligence can be developed. You, therefore, embrace challenges, see the effort as the path to mastery, learn from criticism and find inspiration from the success of others.
If you believe that you have a growth mindset, it becomes easy to learn and outperform others. By the end of this chapter, you will be able to identify what kind of mindset you have.
Inside the Mindsets – both of the mindsets discussed above are beliefs that people have. They are not inherent in you, but you believe you have either one of those mindsets. The kind of mindset you believe you have determines how you view life and challenges on your path to success.
People with a fixed mindset do not learn. They do not want challenges and don’t want to stretch themselves to do more and strive with challenge.
If you have a growth mindset, even when you don’t get expected results, you gain knowledge that you can use for future development. Every endeavor has a learning curve. With a growth mindset, you feel smart when you are learning not when you are flawless.
However, all is not lost if you have a fixed mindset. By identifying your mindset, you can make an effort to change it to a growth mindset consciously.
The Truth about Ability and Accomplishments – the mindset that you have is what sets you up for success or failure. There might be other factors that will lead to your success, but the mindset is the primary factor that will determine your success.
With a growth mindset, you want to take up challenges, and you are not limited by ability and skill. You go further to ensure that you learn more and do more every time to set you up for success.
This chapter discusses abilities in school. Test scores will tell where a student is, but they do not show where a student could end up. This chapter also talks of artistic abilities and the use of negative and positive labels.
Sports and the Mindset of a Champion – research conducted by Dr. Dweck indicate that successful athletes have a growth mindset. Athletes with a growth mindset; place more emphasis on preparation, they turn failure into motivation, and they take every opportunity to perform as a new opportunity. To them, the future is not predetermined.
Business Mindset and Leadership – for a business to thrive, the leader of the company is a crucial factor. The business mindset needs to be a growth mindset because with a fixed mindset the business is unable to self-correct. A business that doesn’t correct past mistakes and learn from them is bound to fail.
A leader with a growth mindset is able to face the mistakes, use the given feedback to change the strategies so the business can perform better. CEOs with a fixed mindset have a big ego, and eventually, they drive a business or company into ruins.
Relationships and Mindsets in Love (Or Not) – mindsets affect relationships also. When a person with a fixed mindset is heartbroken, the let that experience label them as rejected or unlovable. All they think about is how they can hurt the person who hurt them. A growth mindset, however, allows you to grow even emotionally.
With a growth mindset, you will be able to understand, forgive, and move on. With a growth mindset, you believe that you, your partner and the relationship are capable of change and growth.
Parents, Teachers, and Coaches: Where Do Mindsets Come From? – “In fact, every word and action sends a message. It tells children—or students, or athletes—how to think about themselves. It can be a fixed-mindset message that says: You have permanent traits and I’m judging them. Or it can be a growth-mindset message that says: You are a developing person and I am interested in your development.”
Teachers, parents, and coaches can play a significant part in giving their students, children, and athletes a fixed or a growth mindset. The advice given to them should be meant to foster an attitude where they take failure as an opportunity to learn something new. Parents, teachers, and coaches will learn how to handle their children and athletes, so they develop the right mindset and perform better.
Changing Mindsets – “This chapter is about changing the internal monologue from a judging one to a
growth-oriented one.” To change your mindset, you have to stop judging yourself so much on everything that happens and focusing on your failures.
Instead, view every opportunity as a learning one and learn something for future development in everything. This chapter outlines how you can completely change your mindset to achieve success.
What I Like About the Book
At the end of every chapter and at the end of the book the writer presents ways in which the lessons can be applied. I like that this book is written from many years of research conducted by Dr. Carol Dweck and her students. For the reader, this means that you are benefitting from proven tactics.
I like that this book explains the mindset that you have already so you can clearly relate to it. Besides that, it will show you how you can make use of your mindset to achieve in school, arts, sports, science, business and everything else in life. It is a practical and actionable book.
Why You Should Read the Book
This book will teach you a simple belief about yourself that permeates every aspect of your life and affects your performance. The book will help you identify how your thoughts about your personality become a mindset that really affects who you are.
The book helps you to identify your beliefs and that the beliefs that you have affect what you want and what you do to get it. The book can help you change your thoughts, beliefs, and mindset about yourself so you can achieve success in many aspects of your life.