People who believe in the power of talent tend not to fulfill their potential because they’re so concerned with looking smart and not making mistakes. Quote from Carol Dweck
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No. 93: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck's self-help book, 'Mindset: The New Psychology of Success', has landed at No. 93 on our list of the Top 100 self-help books of all time.

Classic Self-Help BooksStanford psychology professor, Carol Dweck changes all of our assumptions about our mindset in her latest book. For her, mindset can be one of our most powerful assets or one of our most limiting. There are two distinct types, she says: fixed mindset and growth mindset. She goes on to argue that people who possess growth mindsets are often our highest achievers. For them, there is no such thing as a set mindset, but rather one that’s fluid, evolving — a continual work in progress. That’s where the most growth occurs, but it’s also the hardest state in which to stay.

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Other books by Carol Dweck

1) 'Self-theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development (Essays in Social Psychology)', by Carol Dweck. It's our beliefs about ourselves that ultimately determine who and what we become. Carol Dweck's series of essays on our self-theories helps us understand how we come to form our own opinions about who we are, and what this means for our lives, the lives of the people around us and the world. Self-theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development, Carol Dweck.

2) 'Handbook of Competence and Motivation', edited by Andrew Elliot and Carol S. Dweck. What drives us to excel (or even to perform) at school and work? This collection of essays edited by Andrew Elliot and Carol Dweck dives into the construction of our motivations. One recurring riff throughout the book? We're driven to do things we're competent at, and repelled from the things we're incompetent at. If we expand our competancies then, our lives can be greatly enriched. Self-theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development, Carol Dweck.

3) 'Motivation and Self-Regulation across the Life Span', edited by Jutta Heckhausen and Carol Dweck. Theories on motivation and achievement are quickly expanding beyond simple answers like "personality" and "habits". A new "social-cognitive" approach is being pushed by researchers. Here, are our motivations are different based on our stages in life, our environments and numerous other factors beyond our own control. Even our own mental distortions motivate in often counter-intuitive ways. Self-theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development, Carol Dweck.

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1) Selbstbild: Wie unser Denken Erfolge oder Niederlagen bewirkt, Carol Dweck. Die amerikanische Psychologieprofessorin Carol Dweck erforscht, wie Denkweisen und Glaubenssätze unser Leben bestimmen. Dabei ist sie auf zwei komplett unterschiedliche Grundhaltungen gestoßen, die sie in ihrem neuen Buch vorstellt: Die einen Menschen sehen Talent und Intelligenz als etwas Vorhandenes, die anderen betrachten Fähigkeiten als etwas, das permanent entwickelt und optimiert werden muss. Anstrengung und Wissensdurst sind in der Welt des statischen Selbstbilds nur etwas für Nichtskönner. Wenn die Herausforderungen zu groß werden, verlieren Naturtalente das Interesse. Zu groß ist die Gefahr zu scheitern und als Idiot dazustehen. Die Haltung dahinter ist nicht selten: Schuld sind immer die anderen - bloß keine Verantwortung für die eigenen Fehler übernehmen! Das Musterbeispiel eines flexiblen Selbstbilds sieht hingegen ganz anders aus: Diese Menschen sehen Niederlagen als persönliche Herausforderungen, an denen sie wachsen können. Diese dynamische Denkweise fördert den Einsatz aller Kräfte und hilft dabei, die eigenen Potenziale zu entfalten. Das statische Selbstbild hingegen verhindert Leistung und füllt den Kopf mit Ängsten und Zweifeln. Allerdings, so die Autorin, sind Glaubenssätze keine in Stein gemeißelten Charakterzüge, sondern hinterfrag- und veränderbar. Für jeden von uns. Selbstbild: Wie unser Denken Erfolge oder Niederlagen bewirkt, Carol Dweck.

Who is Carol Dweck? A short biography at

A social psychologist and professor, Carol Dweck has taught at a number of prestigious universities, including Harvard, Columbia and Stanford (where she currently holds a position). Her courses and research often focus on personality and motivation, culminating in her seminal book, "Mindset" in 2006.

Dweck argues that a "growth mindset" is as important as almost any other motivating factor. Through hard work, we can accomplish much, but we need to acknowledge that we must continue to work hard. Once our minds become fixed (i.e. "I'm naturally intelligent"), our growth can be stymied.

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