May 27, 2016 3:08 pm

Book review: Mindset – Psychology of Success

MindsetI am currently reading this beautiful book “Mindset” by Carol Dweck, a psychology professor from Stanford University.  It is one of the great books I have read so far, from interpersonal awareness point of view. Being aware of “Fixed” and “Growth” mindset characteristics and the thought process that we cultivate are much imperative for building better relationship, better businesses and better teacher/student relationship overall. Author gives plenty of examples to get better understanding of what “Fixed” mindset is and what “Growth” mindset is. In an essence we all have both the traits in us, and we may use them to the context. We may also crossover these mindsets at times , in our circumstances.


It is great to see numerous examples in several categories from Kids/parents to School/Teachers to corporate culture, businesses and Leadership, sports – essentially all walks of life and roles. Essentially my understanding and key takeaways reading this book, goes towards two aspects –
(a) the thought process or the mindsets that we inherently come with or put an effort to change our behavior and thought process over a period of time and over different circumstances,
(b) Communication, being a bottom line, is a root cause and remedy for every kind of relationship hassles – be it with any type of relationships – kids, schools, businesses, home, sports, work teams, etc.

What is cool over all of this book is the last chapter, as a workshop of how to change mindsets. Plenty of pointers and notes would help refresh and work on those areas.

Though I am still reading parts of this book – what I like is , as you read along the book , you would relate those scenarios to your own circumstances and apply these observations as appropriate.

Our School system and parenting is an epitome of  nurturing “Fixed” mindset in children. We praise kids for their grades (“what”) but seldom for their approach to achieving the grades (“How”). The action re-iterates over and over so they get bogged down with getting scores as their target, and most often than not, the lessons learned are short lived. However, if the kids were to keep their lessons for life, they should be kept focused on the “How” part than the intended outcome. In other words, we train children with “Fixed” mindset towards academics for the most, but seldom for their life (“Growth” mindset).

One of the powerful quotes from the book – “”We are not looking to crown a few princes, we need to work as a team” – Lou Gerstner, IBM”. Author has taken 3 key CEOs in the history coming from “Fixed” mindset taking the company to a newest height and declining at the same rate , and from “Growth” mindset steadily taking the companies to the greater heights at the same time empowering their employees, instilling the similar Growth mindset teamwork in them. There are plentiful references to Jim Collins’ book “Good to Great” and “Build to Last”.

Here isMindset Book review1 a little part of my notes from this book for the extent I have read so far.




Hope you will take time to get hold of this book and read it for yourself, apply the concepts and share with others.


November 16, 2012 9:01 am

surface RT! …exploring

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exploring Microsoft SurfaceRT! last couple of weeks. It has been a positive experience so far though there have been few glitches but the overall experience and the positive features outweigh the glitches, which makes it surfaceRT giving better UX.

April 16, 2012 9:11 pm

I can sort your linked list…

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V had her school project for word grouping to vowels , she cleared it.

To stretch further I asked to sort those words alphabetically.

She said yes.

I wanted to make sure she really understood my question. Asked her a few times and said the sorting should be really at each letter and not just the 1st letter of the word.

She confirmed she did.

Asked, between spoon and scale , which one comes first. Sure enough , she said scale, and that seemed she understood.

In few minutes, she confirmed that she completed. I said , are you sure you followed the instruction. It couldn’t be completed this fast .

I went over to check. And sure enough, she had sorted the words alphabetically.

I said, how did you complete this sorting, my linked list sorting is still isn’t working. For that she replied: “Give me your linked list and I can sort it in your computer program”. ..


Looks like learning programming or new latest upcoming technology from her is not too far… 🙂

October 27, 2010 6:10 pm

DVD a fresh produce?

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This was at the back of a truck. How is DVD considered a Fresh produce?


December 3, 2009 12:23 am

Weather for next 10 days

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wow – seeing sunshine today, i thought it would be nice for next few days, but Sun doesn’t want to stay here longer. cloudy on 3rd and rain/showers/Snow for the rest..

date high low weather
3-Dec 46 26 partly cloudy
4-Dec 44 28 rain/snow
5-Dec 41 29 showers
6-Dec 35 22 showers
7-Dec 33 17 showers
8-Dec 40 20 Rain
9-Dec 47 29 Rain
10-Dec 36 35 showers
11-Dec 39 35 showers

hmm… time to keep enough gasoline, blankets, food in cars; and stuff up food items at home….

November 27, 2009 7:31 pm

Black Friday sales…

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View at one of the stores that we went this evening…


not sure if it was due to year end inventory clean up or black friday (day after thanksgiving)…

January 25, 2009 12:22 am

Aircraft 75 years from now…

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Wright Brothers showed the way, and now the aircrafts later this century going to be a completely innovated and super looking, possibly fuel  and energy efficient, and hopefully better services – Robots?

snapshots below are directly from

see more here ==> quite informative…


They look cool thought…

December 12, 2008 11:19 pm

Happy Holidays

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Christmas week is just around the corner; Have safe and happy holidays

take care

July 12, 2008 4:25 pm

Gas price can go upto $7?

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About 4 years ago the visitors who came to the US would say, “US sells a gallon of gasoline cheaper than for a  gallon of water”. About 3 years ago when we had a carpet cleaning co home, and during the conversation, he said, gas price can go upto $5 a gallon in next 2 to 4 years. I couldn’t believe but said “really!!!!”. Well, it is true today that the premium gas is around $4.85 a gallon.

I met with an appraiser this morning and during the conversation, he said, gas could go upto $7 in another 2 to 3 years. Though I couldn’t believe at first, but looking at the history for the past 3 to 5 years, no wonder if gas price does go up to that amount….


January 28, 2008 5:44 pm

Test post from Windows live writer

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Testing a post from windows live writer. I was going over my new Dell laptop computer, and noticed this application.

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