Mindset Reflection Essay

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I chose to read the book Mindset by Carol S. Dweck. I picked this particular book because of the second sentence on the back cover, “Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success- but whether we approach our goals with a fixed or growth mindset”. This quote, while selecting which book to read, really stood out to me. One of my favorite books of all time is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, and this book seemed to be a great way to expand my knowledge of the effort that pushes our abilities to their full potential. I’ve always been a person with a growth mindset, I can thank my dad for that, and this book just seemed to be a great fit for the type of reading that I do for fun outside of school ,so I felt it would be the best fit for me. As I began reading this book, I had already learned about the immense power of effort and where the right amount of concentrated and well preformed effort could take anyone. However, I had no idea of this “fixed mindset” which caused people to believe that effort was not as powerful, as I know it to be, but actually bad. I learned so much about the extent that the fixed mindset can take you. It can take someone who as all the talent in the world, such as one of my personal heroes Billy Beane, and force them to fail at their true dream and passion. I had no idea a mindset could have such a drastic affect on someone’s life. It took Beane from being one of the most promising baseball players of his time, into a can’t miss prospect who unfortunately missed. This mindset somehow has the power to make people fear effort because if they truly exert their effort and fail then they have no one to blame but themselves. It literally has people choosing to fail rather then try to succeed just so they have an excuse for their failure. On the other side of the spectrum I knew full well the power of what grueling
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