The New Psychology of Success -Carol Dweck

I believe that we cannot change external influences but we can
make things better with changing only our Mindset. This is just the right kind of book on this topic. Carol Dweck has done extensive research on this topic and has illustrated a lot of facts about changing our Mindset

The Lessons I learnt from this book are:

  • With practice, training, and above all, method, we manage to increase our attention, our memory, our judgment and literally to become more intelligent than we were before.
  • The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value.
  • There are basically two types of Mindset- one is Fixed Mindset other is Growth Mindset.
  • In one world—the world of fixed traits—success is about proving you’re smart or talented. Validating yourself.
    In the other—the world of changing qualities—it’s about stretching yourself to learn something new. Developing yourself.
    In one world, failure is about having a setback. Getting a bad grade. Losing a tournament. Getting fired. Getting rejected. It means you’re not smart or talented.
    In the other world, failure is about not growing. Not reaching for the things you value. It means you’re not fulfilling your potential.
    In one world, effort is a bad thing. It, like failure, means you’re not smart or talented. If you were, you wouldn’t need effort.
    In the other world, effort is what makes you smart or talented.
  • The author has divided the world into the learners and non learners.
  • “When you’re lying on your deathbed, one of the cool things to say is, ‘I really explored myself.’
  • When Do You Feel Smart: When You’re Flawless or When You’re Learning?
  • What any person in the world can learn, almost all persons can learn, if provided with the appropriate prior and current conditions of learning.
  • Praising ability lowered the students’ IQs and that praising their effort raised them.
  • It’s the somebody–nobody syndrome. If I win, I’ll be somebody; if I lose I’ll be nobody.
  • If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning.
  • Don’t judge. Teach. It’s a learning process.
  • The great teachers believe in the growth of the intellect and talent, and they are fascinated with the process of learning.
  • To love learning. To eventually learn and think for themselves. And to work hard on the fundamentals.

To summarize this book I would quote from the book

“You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By applying yourself to the task of becoming a little better each and every day over a period of time, lot better.”

The author has really explored in depth about our learning process and how we can make our self better with plenty of studies. If you are interested in exploring our learning aspect then dive into the book. The author has updated this edition but I have read the old edition so just check the new edition for new lessons. You can check this youtube video for quick lesson.