My Mind, Mindset Book Summary

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Without a doubt in my mind, Mindset by Carol S. Dweck not only reinforces the way I handle situations, but it has also has shed some new light on how I approach things as well. I have gained a much greater understanding for explaining why I felt the way I did in the past, and a better explanation to my current mindset moving forward as well. Reading this book has allowed me to better understand myself and I am very grateful for this opportunity. Personally, from this book, I view the fixed mindset as a person viewing everything about them as being stagnant. Examples are basic qualities: limited intelligence and talent. I view someone with a fixed mindset as someone who believes you either are or aren’t. Due to someone thinking their abilities …show more content…
My mother has always worked a fulltime job with the addition of a part time job as well. In being a mother, she pushes herself very hard to take care of her three sons. In return all she asks is that we try our hardest in school. This led me to the constant need to prove to my mom that I was not a disappointment. Nothing hurts more than being neglected by your own parents. My freshman year at University High School Irvine, I realized school was no longer something I could get by without studying. I was enrolled in Honors Geometry, and for the first time in my life, I was struggling in a math class. I endured a C+ the first semester and I felt terrible. My mom hired a tutor feeling bad she could not help me, but I refused help from the tutor because I wanted to prove that I could pass this class on my own. It turns out I was unable to adapt to UNI due to my fixed mindset. I got the first D+ in my life. Because of my mindset, I had the worse GPA I have ever received in the semester. I refused to change simply because of my pride and my desire to earn my mother’s approval. That same year I felt I was qualified for the high school basketball team, but I ended up being. All my friends said I should have made the …show more content…
With the growth mindset someone may simply seek an improvement in their grades. Like going from being a C student to being A student. Someone in the fixed mindset will let their grades determine who they are. Tests will become their labels. Someone with the growth mindset may ask professors to explain to them how the right answer is correct. In being in the fixed mindset a person may strive to do everything by themselves and refuse help from others. This may be satisfying knowing it may pay off, but someone in the growth mindset it willing to receive help from others if it means they learn from it. For the student’s professor, someone who has the fixed mindset may have favoritism and focus on their elite students only. In doing so they believe that the students not as intelligent have reached a threshold that they can’t overcome. A professor with the growth mindset treats everyone in the class carefully. In addition, the professor challenges everyone to striver for greatness. I like it when teachers say they are not the teachers because in a way it changes the students view of the class itself. My English professor is a great example. The way he teaches is seminar like. When we talk he does not want us to address him, but instead he wants us to address our classmates. He does this saying that we are the teachers and he is simply a tool that helps us. My

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