Happy Saturday RM fam!
Hope you’re having a fab weekend so far!
I’ve been making the most of this glorious weather that has hit Scotland all of a sudden today and catching up on my reading. My current read of choice is from Dr. Carol Dweck titled “Mindset: How you can fulfil your potential” and it’s SO good! The pages are filled with golden drops of goodness that I had to share and recommend to you guys!
One thing me and Coco have in common is we LOVE a good book. I love a book that makes you think and reflect on what you’re reading. If you’re also into that – as well as learning about the mind/psychology – then this is for you.
Carol Dweck is highly known for her work on the fixed and growth mindset. In this book she also goes about how people can change their mindset and more importantly maintaining the change. Something she wrote that truly spoke to me was “It’s amazing-once a problem improves, people often stop doing what caused it to improve. These changes have to be supported or they can go away faster than they appeared” (p.243) phew!
If you are not familiar, here’s how Dweck breaks down understanding the fixed and growth mindset:
Fixed mindset – people who believe their basic abilities, their intelligence and talents are just fixed traits.
Growth mindset– individuals who believe their talents can be developed through strategies, good teaching, hard work and persistence.
The advantages of having a growth mindset may seem obvious, but after being 100% real with myself and reflecting, I often would have a fixed mindset in certain situations.
Dweck encourages the reader throughout each chapter to think about their way of thinking. Is your way of thinking hindering or encouraging you?
How is your mindset? Are you willing to try again if you fail the first time? How do you see setbacks – as an indication of developing your skills or as an indication to avoid/label yourself as a failure?
I LOVED chapter 4 where she writes about athletes and their mindset when it comes to challenges (this chapter for me was really inspiring!). She quotes a famous statement made by Michael Jordan when he was talking about his failures in his career:
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Jordan had the growth mindset, he embraced his mistakes and failures instead of letting them define him. His mind-set was set right….and look where that got him!
As you can probably tell I got a LOT from this book, and will for sure re read a few more times to get more golden pieces of wisdom!
I’d recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
What are you currently reading? I would love to know.