‘Mindset’ Review: The next book you should read

by | Jun 20, 2013 | Book Reviews

Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 57s.

Brief Synopsis / Review

Mindset is a damn good book, and you should read it.

The major crux of the book is that there are two kind of people in this world: those that have a ‘fixed’ mindset, and those that have a ‘growth’ mindset.

People who have a fixed mindset think their intelligence is, well, fixed, and they care the most about looking smart. They avoid challenges (because they might lead to failure), give up easily (because setbacks might hurt their self-image), and see hard work and effort as a waste, because they think they’re either talented enough to do something or they’re not.

Folks that have a growth mindset see their intelligence as malleable – they see their mind as something that can be developed, and they have an intense desire to learn. They embrace challenges, persist against setbacks, and see hard work as a chance to get better at something.


In her research, Carol Dweck found that the only thing that separates people who succeed from those who don’t is whether or not they have a growth mindset. This book is about that mindset, and how you can learn it and use it. The book sounds a bit corny on the surface, but when you dive in, it’s entertaining, fun, practical, and definitely worth your time. You should read this book.

What you’ll get out of it

  • An understanding of the impact growth and fixed mindsets have on your performance, as well as how they impact athletes, businesses, relationships, and kids. This book isn’t hippy-dippy; it references science all the way through, and is the result of over 30 years of research by the author.
  • The ability to recognize a growth in yourself and the people around you (including your kids and employees).
  • Ideas on how to transform your fixed mindset into a growth mindset. (Most people are a combination of both – ‘fixed’ in some areas, and ‘growth’ in others.)

Will it make you more productive?

  • Yes. The book is both practical and tactical, and it will give you a deep understanding of how your mindset effects your success and productivity.


  • After giving an overview of both mindsets, Dweck dives into how mindset works into the worlds of sport, business, relationships, and parenting. All of these chapters are entertaining, but if you’re in a time crunch, you won’t miss anything huge if you skip the sections that don’t apply to you.




Two other books I’ve written a review of recently: The Power of Habit, and RAPT. Have a book you’d like reviewed? Message me!

Written by Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey has written hundreds of articles on the subject of productivity and is the author of three books: How to Calm Your Mind, Hyperfocus, and The Productivity Project. His books have been published in more than 40 languages. Chris writes about productivity on this site and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can become more productive without hating the process.

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