Listening to this audiobook was more than intriguing, to the point that I am even doubting my parenting skills. I think I need to hone them more regularly…
Written by Dr Carol S. Dweck in 2006, she studied the keys to success and failure for several decades. I would highly recommend this book to anyone
- looking to find motivation in their life
- who believes that our intelligence is fixed and cannot evolve
- wanting to encourage their children to acquire a taste for effort
- wishing to take a more positive attitude to their life
- with a desire to become more resilient
- who thinks that only talented people can and will succeed (it’s often not true)
- who concludes that if you don’t “get it” the first time round, then there is no point in making the effort.
- who accepts that one has to be born with a growth mindset (it’s totally untrue) to benefit from this
- who believes that a relationship does not need to be cultivated on a permanent basis (Think again!)
What did you learn today? What mistake did you make that taught you something? What did you try hard at today?Dr. Carol S. Dweck
We are a product of our environment
Yes! We are a product of our environment:
- the people in our entourage
- our parents
- our brothers and sisters
- our friends
- our school-mates
- our teachers
- our sports coach
- our employer, our working environment, our work colleagues
- our partner, our relationship
All that surrounds us, the people we come into contact with, can have a deep impact on
- the way we think from an early age
- our self-esteem
- our resilience (or lack of)
Is Natural Talent Really Necessary?
We can have natural talent, but under certain conditions, we may spoil our own chances of true success by sitting on our laurels, having a fixed mindset, instead of pushing ourselves thanks to a growth mindset.
If we can simply accept that failing is part of the learning process and that feedback on our results can actually help us to take stock of the situation and do better next time, then we can continue down that path to success.
What Is Behind Success?
We often admire successful people: Serial Entrepreneurs, CEOs, Athletes, Footballers, Musicians, Artists, Scientists, Professionals in all domain…
But it is easy to forget that once upon a time, they were beginners and maybe knew jack.
All had to work extremely hard to get to where they are and make sacrifices. Work even harder to maintain the success and up their game, when required. They all know that success can be short-lived if they take their eye off the ball, so to speak.
It is important to underline that we are all work-in-progress, regardless of our age and that we are all capable of self-improvement, acquiring the growth mindset and becoming a better version of ourself.
Maintaining a growth mindset also requires continuous work on ourselves, as it can be so easy to slip back into a fixed mindset.
The great takeaway from this book is that NOTHING in our lives is set in stone, which is fortunate for many of us.
It’s all down to the power of our mindset…
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Please feel free to leave comments.