Book of the month – Mindset by Carol Dweck

The theory behind this book is simple. There are 2 types of mindsets - ‘growth’ and ‘fixed’.

Mindset, Carol Dweck

If you are in the former, then you believe anything is possible with hard work and perseverance, so you are likely to relish a challenge. If you are in the 2nd then you are likely to focus on what you ‘can’t’ do and to shy away from new situations. This clearly impacts how you proceed and succeed in life.

‘Mindset’ is written by Stanford University professor and researcher Carol Dweck. Dweck’s research shows that if you want to change, then you must start with a conviction that change is possible. Believing that we all have fixed abilities and qualities, inevitably, means that any attempt at learning or development is likely to fail, perhaps repeatedly. The alternative is to replace that mindset with one that believes in the plasticity of the mind and that you can accomplish things you never thought you could by the application of effort and learning strategies focused on growing your capacities.

This book is not about asking the universe for what you want and assuming it will deliver – it is about acknowledging that each individual is capable of many many things if they approach them with the correct mindset and a good dose of effort.

Dweck explains each mindset in detail, supports her theories with fascinating research, and most importantly, applies these theories to everyday life, giving solid suggestions for developing a growth mindset.

We would particularly recommend this book to anyone wishing to ensure they are fulfilling their potential, all parents (we are responsible for developing a child’s mindset after all!) but generally just to anyone interested in the power of the mind.