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Reading recommendation from the summer: Carol S. Dwek „Mindset“

22/09/2020
by EPALE Keskus Eestis
Language: EN
Document available also in: ET

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.

Happy reading!

I am grateful if you include in your comments your suggestion on which book to read next!

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Original: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ballantine Books, 2006

 

Photo: https://www.amazon.com/

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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.

 

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  • Kristi Arendi's picture
    Aitäh, Katre, kogemusloo ja soovituse eest! Lisasin "Mõtteviisi" oma lugemislisti ja teen raamatusoovitustega algust. Keeruline oli valida, mida esile tõsta, aga arvestades konteksti ja sihtgruppi toon välja kolm:

    * Nuccio Ordine. 2019. Kasutu kasulikkusest. Manifest. Tartu Ülikooli Kirjastus.
    Teose sõnumi fookus on väärtustel, mida ei saa kaaluda ega mõõta kvantiteedi määramise vahenditega. Mind kõnetas see raamat eelkõige koolitaja ja nõustajana, tegeledes just selle nähtamatu, "kasutu" ja kvaliteediga. Sain teada, kust tuleb mõtteviis, et kes ei oma, see ei ole ehk miks on kõikides tähestikes a eespool kui e? Paneb kaasa mõtlema ja oma väärtustele kinnitust saama või neid ümber hindama.

    * Matthew Walker. 2018. Miks me magame. Une ja unenägude vägi. Kirjastus Argo.
    Autoriks on neuroteaduste ja psühholoogia professor California Berkeley ülikoolist koos oma teadlaste grupiga. Sain kinnitust, kui oluline on uni ning magamine ja just varaste hommikutundide uni nii lastele kui täiskasvanutele ja miks. Sain teada, kui kalli hinnaga on töötamine, sh koolituste ettevalmistamine öötundidel.

    * Toomas Paul. 2018. Tõe lõpututel tagamaadel. Vaatlusi, mõtisklusi, ütlemisi 2008-2017. EKSA.
    Tsiteerin: "Probleem on selles, et kergem on olla "parem" kui olla "hea". ... Massiühiskonna peavooruse - sallivuse - puhul, on üsna ükskõik, kas ma kannatan teist välja hambad ristis või imetledes. Oluline on, et ma jään poliitkorrektseks. ... Viinamarju ei korjata kibuvitstelt ega ohakailt. Igal oma vili. Jõulukuusele võib käbide asemel riputada kaunistuseks õunu ja komme. Aga need ei ole tema enda viljad. Paremaks on võimalik saada, aga kuidas saada heaks?" (lk 51)

    Head lugemist ja dialoogi iseenda ning teistega!