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Mindset
By Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

A must-read!  It’s highly likely to hear the name Dweck if you attend any academic workshop or conference.  Tapping into the potential of neuroplasticity, the theory provided in this book has the potential to change brains and lives.

Rather than focusing on intelligence, Dweck explains that it’s our mindset, or how we approach tasks, that can create a basis for success.  More than that, she discusses how our mindset (fixed or growth) affects our accomplishments with school, work, leadership, and relationships.

The value of this idea to a young person is clear.  The added benefit to a child of having parents, guardians, and teachers all using growth mindset-type language around them is just as important. It shifts conversation from “I failed this math test because I am not smart enough” to “I failed this math test because I did not fully prepare myself, but I will learn from my mistakes and do better next time.” This follows the mantra “Reward direction, not perfection” and hard work.

During a period of education that is all about “grit”, Mindset helps the reader to acknowledge their mindset, analyze their mindset, and change their mindset. All of this leads to changes in motivation, self-image, and productivity. Dweck asserts that parents should not shield their children from failure (or lie about it), but rather to honestly confront it and use it for the next challenge.

 

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