Books for Parents: Mindset by Carol Dweck

The far reaching impact of her work came before me before I even knew her name. Carol Dweck has made a profound difference to my life ever since I discovered and understood her research on “the right kind of praise“. If there ever was a person who could draw back the curtains and shine the sunlight on the psychology of success, it would be Carol Dweck. So when she writes a book titled: “Mindset – the New Psychology of Success” and you’re interested in learning how to raise a “successful” child, you’d better hit the bookstores and read that book! And what perfect timing it was that this book came to my attention!

Mindset

About Mindset – the New Psychology of Success

The book is intended for more than just parents, educators and schools. It’s also relevant to business and relationships. Basically, anyone who is interested in learning how to reach your potential.

For a long time, I’ve been swinging back and forth between nature and nurture, nurture and nature, and the individual and combined impact on the future success of a child. The real key that unlocks your child’s true potential is the key to his (or her mindset). As parents, that should be our primary focus – imparting the right mindset because that is the seed to growing a child with a love for learning and a resilience against the hurdles of life.

What’s in this Book?

Chapter 1 – The Mindsets

Chapter 2 – Inside the Mindsets

Chapter 3 – The Truth About Ability and Accomplishment

Chapter 4 – Sports: The Mindset of a Champion

Chapter 5 – Business: Mindset and Leadership

Chapter 6 – Relationships: Mindsets in Love (or Not)

Chapter 7 – Parents, Teachers, and Coaches: Where do Mindsets Come From?

Chapter 8 – Changing Mindsets

Mindset is a great book and covers a lot about the mindsets. What I would have liked, though, is more information for parents on helping our children develop a growth mindset and, more importantly, get away from their fixed mindsets if they have already developed one. They do have some advice and suggestions – which are pretty useful – but it seems a bit scanty.

There is apparently a program for teaching children about mindset and encouraging them to work with a growth mindset. The program is called Mindset Works and it’s available online.

What I found most interesting from Mindset was the section on “Bullies and Victims: Revenge Revisited” – the impact of fixed and growth mindsets on bullying and how victims respond to it. As a parent raising children in a world where the level of bullying and its severity is escalating at an alarming rate, this segment was particularly insightful. It is also the reason why I believe we need mass education on mindsets. Raising children with a growth mindset is so much more than raising a successful child. It’s a forward movement that helps make our world a better place for our children.

If there is only one book you read this year, let it be Mindset.

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