Dweck, Carol S.
June 2010
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Business Book Summaries;6/1/2010, Vol. 1 Issue 1, p1
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According to Carol S. Dweck, one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation, there are two main belief systems, or mindsets, that people can possess: the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. These mindsets strongly influence the way individuals respond to success and failure, and in Mindset, Dweck draws from her extensive research to focus on how they govern the actions, responses, and learning capacities of all individuals. The fixed mindset is characterized by the belief that all of an individual’s abilities and talents are inborn, and that having to expend effort to improve in anything is an indication that the person is not truly gifted or successful in that realm. People with the growth mindset take the opposite approach. According to Dweck, individuals with this mindset recognize the value of effort and progressive improvement. As a result, they are more likely to welcome challenges, setbacks, and failures, and to improve in the face of them. Fixed mindset individuals, on the other hand, avoid challenges and any real opportunity for personal and professional growth. Whichever mindset a person has, it profoundly impacts their performance as a student, athlete, businessperson, parent, coach, or teacher, and it also influences their behavior in relationships. Regardless of the situation, the fixed mindset confines individuals into believing that effort itself is demeaning; that talent is innate; and that ultimate success – not progressive improvement – is all that is important. In contrast, growth mindset individuals do not shy away from challenges or situations in which they are not certain they will succeed, as they consider them to be opportunities for growth and improvement. This includes relationships, professional circumstances, and educational situations in which they are struggling. In every aspect of Dweck’s research, those with the growth mindset dominant were capable of greater personal and...


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