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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: by Carol S. Dweck:

Carol S. Dweck, a renowned psychologist, explores the concept of ‘mindset’ in her groundbreaking book, “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.” Dweck proposes that our mindset plays a pivotal role in our personal and professional development and success. The book is divided into two fundamental concepts: the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.

Understanding Mindsets: Fixed vs. Growth

Dweck argues that a ‘fixed mindset’ assumes our abilities, intelligence, and talents are static traits. Individuals with a fixed mindset often avoid challenges, quit in the face of obstacles, view effort as fruitless, ignore useful feedback, and feel threatened by the success of others.

Conversely, a ‘growth mindset’ thrives on challenges and views them as opportunities for learning and personal growth. Those with a growth mindset believe that intelligence and abilities can be developed with effort, learning, and resilience. They are more likely to embrace challenges, persist in the face of setbacks, see effort as a path to mastery, learn from criticism, and find lessons and inspiration in the success of others.

Transforming Your Mindset: From Fixed to Growth

Dweck suggests that shifting from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset can lead to personal and professional growth and success. The process involves recognizing and understanding your mindset, acknowledging that abilities and intelligence can be developed, embracing challenges, and viewing effort as a necessary component of mastering skills.

Action Step: Recognise your fixed mindset triggers. When you shy away from challenges or feel incapable, remind yourself that effort and resilience can lead to growth and improvement. For example, if you believe you are “bad at maths,” shift this belief by tackling problems incrementally, seeking help when needed, and celebrating small improvements.

Applying a Growth Mindset in Real Life

Applying a growth mindset can lead to transformations in various aspects of life, including career, relationships, and personal growth.

In your career, a growth mindset can drive you to take on new challenges, learn new skills, and adapt to changes.

Action Step: Look for opportunities for professional development. Instead of sticking to your comfort zone, volunteer for a challenging project at work. You’ll acquire new skills and demonstrate your ability to grow and adapt.

In relationships, a growth mindset allows you to accept and learn from criticisms, understand and value differences, and view challenges as opportunities to deepen and strengthen relationships.

Action Step: When disagreements arise, instead of viewing them as personal attacks, see them as opportunities for growth and understanding.


“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” provides a transformative outlook on personal and professional growth. Shifting from a fixed to a growth mindset is not an overnight process, but a journey that can lead to increased resilience, adaptability, and success. By embracing the principles of a growth mindset, you can unlock your potential and set yourself on a path towards continual learning and development.

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