Growths #1 Killer? A Fixed Mindset with Professor Carol Dweck

Be sure to visit Carol's site Mindset Online and get her book, Mindset.

Be sure to visit Carol's site Mindset Online and get her book, Mindset.

Hard to imagine someone better to talk growth with than the person who wrote "The Growth Mindset," world-renowned professor and best-selling author, Carol Dweck. Her work has been featured in such publications as The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, and she has appeared on Today and 20/20. 

I drove down to Stanford and met Carol in her office to chat about her 40 years of research and how it's been recently catapulted into the mainstream. 

I can see why her book has become so talked-about and ultimately won "Book of the Year." It shines a light on the mistaken cultural worshipping of outcomes like our kid's 1st place trophy, beliefs like god-given talents or even the way we hide our flaws and avoid failure. 

As Carol points out in our conversation, while we may naturally gravitate one way or the other, all of us vacillate between growth and fixed mindsets. What's important is to be able to quickly recognize the traits and powerful points of view that define each one. It can be the difference between wasting a life going nowhere and opening yourself to life's greatest journey. There is something in this episode for everyone-- whether you're looking to grow as a parent, a partner, a professional or even your own self-esteem. 

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