The Power of Yet


August 12, 2016.
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Carol Dweck:
The Power of Yet
How Your Mindset Impacts Success

Carol Dweck. Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. A pioneer and influential researcher in the field of motivation—why people succeed and how your mindset impacts success. She has also held professorships at Columbia and Harvard Universities. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dweck has won a number of awards and is the author of several books.

The talk by Dweck at TEDxNorrkoping, Sweden, featured here is a well structured and delivered presentation—starting out with a short, intriguing statement, which immediately leads into a story capturing the key message of her talk. She also uses many rhetorical questions and more stories to illustrate her message and keep the audience engaged.

TEDxNorrkoping November 2014  4.5M views on TED.com

Carol Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success has become a classic work on motivation and growth mindset since its publication in 2007.

By now the book has attracted over 1,500 reviews on Amazon—and almost 10 years after its release the book is a No. 1 Amazon best seller in two categories, having sold over 1 million copies and been translated into 20 languages.

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The central theme of the book, which came out of the research Dweck and her colleagues did over the years—is the role and importance of your mindset for what you can achieve, and how successful you are.

If you have a ‘fixed mindset’ you believe your basic abilities, intelligence and talents are fixed traits. A person with a ‘growth mindset’, on the other hand, understands that talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching, and persistence. According to Dweck, generally around 40% of people have a growth mindset, about 40% a fixed mindset—the rest being in between, not able to make up their mind.

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