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The New Psychology of Success | Wisdom Letter #179
Today we’re talking about the phenomenal book Mindset by Carol Dweck.
The book that explores the concept of mindset and its impact on personal and professional success.
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Now, onto the key ideas from Mindset 🚀
1. Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset
Our mindset shapes whether we believe we can learn and change and grow – or not.
The difference between the 2 mindsets is the most important idea from this book.
Fixed mindset is a belief that our abilities and traits are set and unchangeable.
People with a fixed mindset believe that their intelligence, talent, and personal characteristics are inherent and cannot be improved upon.
This means that they are often resistant to challenges and avoid taking risks for fear of failing or revealing their limitations.
In a fixed mindset, success is seen as a reflection of innate ability and achievement is valued over effort and learning.
As a result, individuals with a fixed mindset may become discouraged in the face of difficulty, give up easily when challenged, and avoid taking on new tasks or learning opportunities that could help them improve.
A fixed mindset can limit our potential and hinder our success in life, as it can lead to a fear of failure, a lack of resilience in the face of adversity, and a reluctance to take on new challenges.
A growth mindset is a belief that our abilities and traits can be developed and improved through effort and learning.
People with a growth mindset see challenges as opportunities for growth, embrace failure as a chance to learn, and persist in the face of adversity.
In a growth mindset, success is seen as a result of hard work and effort, and individuals value the process of learning and improvement over the outcome of achievement.
This means that they are more likely to take on new challenges, seek out opportunities to learn and grow, and persist in the face of difficulty.
A growth mindset leads to greater success and satisfaction in life, as individuals with this mindset are more motivated to tackle challenges, learn from their mistakes, and continuously improve.
2. Progress vs Perfection
For most people, striving for perfection becomes a mental barrier and they never even get started towards their goals.
Instead, we should focus on make tiny changes at a time, small progress will eventually take us to our goals, but if we expect perfect results from day 1 then we’re doomed to fail.
People with a growth mindset understand that progress and growth are the keys to success, and that this mindset can help us overcome obstacles and achieve our goals.
A growth mindset focus on the process of learning and improvement, rather than the outcome of achievement.
Progress is a journey, and that setbacks and failures are part of this process.
Rather than giving up when faced with challenges, these experiences should be seen as opportunities for growth and learning.
People with a fixed mindset often focus on the outcome of achievement and strive for perfection, which can lead to disappointment and discouragement.
They may become overly critical of themselves and give up easily when faced with challenges, as they see these experiences as a reflection of their inherent limitations.
By focusing on progress over perfection, we can develop a growth mindset that will help us achieve greater success and satisfaction in life.
3. Mindset matters in every area of life
The book dives deeper into how the idea of fixed vs growth mindset plays out in every aspect of our lives -
A great example is relationships -
Individuals with a growth mindset are more likely to have positive and fulfilling relationships, as they are open to feedback, appreciate the efforts of others, and are more resilient in the face of conflicts.
On the other hand, individuals with a fixed mindset may struggle in relationships, as they may be less open to feedback, quick to judge others, and more likely to give up when faced with difficulties.
Favorite Quote from Mindset
True self-confidence is “the courage to be open—to welcome change and new ideas regardless of their source.”
Real self-confidence is not reflected in a title, an expensive suit, a fancy car, or a series of acquisitions.
It is reflected in your mindset: your readiness to grow.
- Carol Dweck
There are many more such insightful gems and ideas in the book.
Do read it, or at least read it’s 15 minute summary on Blinkist.
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Dive deep into this book with the following links -
Developing a Growth Mindset with Carol Dweck | Stanford Alumni | YouTube
The Mindset Shift That Changed My Life | Ali Abdaal | YouTube
10 Best Ideas | MINDSET | Carol Dweck | Book Summary | Clark Kegley | YouTube
Thank you for reading.
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