The first cooling rain has calmed the summer heat and created an idyllic moment to grab a book. For the summer reading, I recommend a book that provides food for thought to set and achieve our own daily and professional goals, and even more, as educators, it helps us to motivate learners and encourage them to strive further by supporting the right way of thinking.
The book "Mindset" was written by Carol S. Dweck, a renowned psychology researcher at Stanford University, and is based on extensive scientific literature. Dweck has studied for decades what distinguishes successful and happy people from less successful ones, and has made a groundbreaking discovery: A MINDSET HAS IMMENSE POWER.
Our attitudes and a lot more depends on our mindset. Do mistakes and failures discourage us, or do we take them as an opportunity to learn and develop? Do we reject and ignore criticism, or do we analyze it thoroughly and use it as a learning opportunity? Do we think that our intelligence is a certain size, or do we believe that we can develop it?
To encourage and comfort us, several studies have shown that through effort — work and exercise — we can improve both our mental and physical abilities. However, this recognition alone is not enough to succeed. For us to be able to work and work sustainably, relentlessly, and meaningfully, we must have a goal and a target. We need to know what we want to achieve because that is one of the essential preconditions for a lasting commitment. There are countless talents whose abilities have never been realized because they lack the will and willingness to work hard on their talent.
We see the victory and glory of successful people, but for the most part, we don't think about the effort and work they have done to succeed. We do not know how many mistakes they have made. Mistakes and failures are there to be accepted and learned from. In the book, we find the words of Michael Jordan, one of the best basketball players of all time: “I have lost more than 9,000 throws. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions, I have been entrusted with the decisive throw of the game, and I have missed it up." We could think of this when we have a setback and need the strength to move on. No success story is born without making mistakes and learning from them.
In addition to what's above, the book also contains many other things that are useful for self-analysis and self-management in order to be more effective in learning, working and developing as a person.
I am grateful if you include in your comments your suggestion on which book to read next!
Original: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ballantine Books, 2006
Katre Savi is the CEO of the Estonian Printing and Packaging Industry Association, an ambassador of EPALE in 2020. Previously, she was the head of the public sector service design for the Estonian Design Center and the head of the HITSA IT education development center. She graduated from the University of Tartu with a degree in sociology.