Monday 12 October 2015

Mindset: How you can fulfil your potential

Mindset how you can fulfil your potential
Author: Dr Carol S. Dweck
ISBN: 9781780332000


Before I venture into telling you what I think of this book, I would like to repeat what the blurb contains.  To get a full idea of what a treasure this piece of writing is, it's the only way I can completely give Carol Dweck's book its full justice.

World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research, achievement and success, has discovered a truly ground breaking idea-the power of our mindset.
Deweck explains why it's not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset.  She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn't foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success.  With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals-personal and professional.  Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.

Now with that said, to my review.  This book is a must read for all teaching students.  As for teachers and parents, I highly recommend taking a look within the pages of this book.  It is a treasure trove to the power of our brain.  I have taken quite an interest in the brain and the capabilities we as humans have, to adjust our thoughts.  Once, we were thought of as being fully developed and unmalleable by adulthood.  Now science knows better.  Thanks to technology, we can now take a look inside our brain and see the workings of our mind, as we scan every detail.  I find this just amazing.  Dr Carol S. Dweck has taken mindsets into the classroom and beyond.  She takes a look at praise, and how we are setting young minds to become locked into particular beliefs of their capabilities.  I praise my children and encourage them, every parent should.  Now I look deeper and encourage growth in other areas rather than just the visible strengths they have at that time.  Everyone grows and changes,  As adults we are capable of change if we so desire.  Are we locking our children into systems that mould them to be one thing rather than changeable?  We live in a fast moving, quickly changing world.  Our children need to be able to grow and adapt.  A growth mindset is what I want for my children and every child that I teach.  The ability be able to dream and make happen.  To question how can I make this happen?

Now I am fully aware that there are limitations beyond our self.  Limitations and barriers that are not always ours.  These can hinder were life directs us.  But without the ability to think and envision what do we have and what limits do we place on ourselves?  To not be believe in growth leaves one stagnant and broken.  A growth mindset is a necessity in todays world, where technology is changing all possibilities right before our eyes.

I love the capacities of the human brain.  I love the capabilities and dreams of a young child.  One who sees others walking and tries to stand; then steps but falls; yet stands again against all barriers as their mind knows little of failure.  Where does that child in all of us disappear to as we struggle with the world and its words of limitation placed upon us each day?

So with that deep thinking... Pick up her book and step into the world of mindset.  Take a look at the mass of youtube clips arising on the net.  Then think, dream and make possible.  Your changeable and very capable,  Your a human not a machine :)

Here is a youtube clip of Carol S Dweck speaking.  I have taken it from youtube to give you an idea of her message.  It was posted by so cant take any credit for it.  While you are there you might find some of their other clips interesting too.


This book was available from: Fishpond, Book depository and Amazon

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