Reviewed by Amanda Carroll, Business Development
3 out of 5 stars
The goal of our “Wednesday Reads” series is to spread the word about books we enjoy and feel will help fellow business owners (and in this case, fellow parents as well). While I did not actually read Mindset, I did spend what felt like endless hours listening to the audio book. I took some valuable information from this book, and I feel it’s worth reviewing in case you would like to read or listen to it as well.
I gave Mindset three of a possible five stars because, while I do believe the book was informative, I think the main points could have been delivered in half the time. Too much time was spent explaining the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset (and defending it through real-life scenarios), and not enough time spent letting the reader know how to develop these strategies or how to improve using a growth mindset.
The main point of the book is that we all need to embrace a growth mindset by focusing our efforts into everything we do. This relates to being a successful parent, student, or professional. Being successful at something doesn’t mean you don’t have the ability. Instead, we should look at failure as a learning opportunity.
As an employer, I’m sure you’ve met an entitled college graduate who thinks he or she deserves a certain salary based on the degree they earned or the college they attended. You may also have someone on your team who thinks they deserve a raise simply because they come to work every day. Much of the entitlement we see stems from a fixed mindset. These individuals have a fear of failure, as they have been praised their entire lives and can’t process constructive criticism.