Carol Dweck's book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, has moved into my top 10 books. My friend, boss, and Mastermind Partner, Milos Bulatovic, bought the book for me and I devoured it.
The idea behind the book is the differences in thinking and behavior between people with a fixed mindset and those with a growth mindset.
I had not thought about this distinction before and now, after reading the book, I can see how people I know, myself included, are affected.
One of the principles that I particularly liked from the book is that parents and teachers should praise students effort, persistence, and determination and not their intelligence, skills or talents. Someone with a fixed mindset, who is praised on a regular basis for their intelligence, skills or talents, are scared to try greater challenges in case they lose their reputation as being smart, skilled or talented.
Below is the description on Amazon for the book:
World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking 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. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals–personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.
The ideas in this book have really impacted my thinking about coaching and mentoring other people, which I get asked to do occasionally. I will now make sure to find out the person's beliefs about their intelligence, skills and abilities and teach them about the differences between growth mindset thinking and fixed mindset thinking.