MINDSET is a book by renowned psychologist, Dr. Carol Dweck. She is the originator of Mindset Theory, which states that there are two distinct mindsets in the world: fixed and growth.

A fixed mindset individual believes that our basic talents and abilities (i.e. intelligence, athleticism, creativity) are fixed traits set from birth.

A growth mindset individual believes that these same talents can be developed to a high level by anyone. It requires the right type of practice performed consistently over time.

Goodwin Davis is a growth mindset organization. Our experience has shown that anyone can develop their abilities if they are interested and committed to doing so. It’s our mission to help our members discover why they want to learn a skill, and then stay on an efficient path to mastery. It doesn’t matter where they’re starting from. We take it one level at a time. Adopting a growth mindset is a core fundamental of our program, and it’s proven to be a fun challenge for our members.

MINDSET is an engaging read, not just for the hope it offers us all, but because there are so many concrete examples of the benefits of adopting a growth mindset. It also demonstrates that a person can have a growth mindset about certain topics and a fixed mindset on others. This book will help you understand how you see challenges, and hopefully open your mind to a more productive way of moving through life.

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Notable Quotes:

Mindset change is not about picking up a few pointers here and there. It’s about seeing things in a new way. When people…change to a growth mindset, they change from a judge-and-be-judged framework to a learn-and-help-learn framework. Their commitment is to growth, and growth takes plenty of time, effort, and mutual support.

John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach, says you aren’t a failure until you start to blame. What he means is that you can still be in the process of learning from your mistakes until you deny them.

We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.

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