Index Card Book Summaries: because most practical books can be summarized on an index card
Carol Dweck has taken the business world by storm by popularizing her success psychology book Mindset. I listened to the whole thing on Audible because I’m slightly OCD about completing books. I’ll share with you a little secret: the book is well summarized in a few lines, which follow.
There are only two types of mindsets
1. A growth mindset posits that you can grow and develop
2. A fixed mindset holds that how you are now is all you can achieve (i.e. is fixed)
The results and drivers of each mindset are listed in the table below.
|World View||You're a finished product||You're a work in progress|
|Impact on Outcomes||Regressive||Progressive|
|Drivers||Short term view, Stereotype threat||Long term view, Constructive thinking about setbacks|
|Approach||Haphazard, Uncontrolled, Reliance on raw talent||Strategic, Tactical, Focused on taking charge of the process|
|Results||Leads to short cuts, Inability to cope, Need to establish superiority||Tunes out the negative, Cultivates character, Care about personal best|
The book makes the compelling argument that people with a growth mindset are more successful in everything that they do. But how does the mindset of the managers and other authorities you work with factor into your ability to action a growth mindset? That will be saved for another post :)