The Science of Success

Research Reveals How You Can Create The Mindset of a Champion with Dr. Carol Dweck

May 25, 2017
This episode is all about MINDSET. What is a mindset? What is the fixed mindset and how does it shape the way we act in the world, what is the growth mindset and how can it transform the way we live our lives? We look at research data from over 168,000 students, examine the mindset of champions, the dangers of blame and excuses, and much more with Dr. Carol Dweck.
Dr. Carol Dweck is a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of the best-selling book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - which is one of the single most important books in shaping my life. Her work has been featured in several publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, The Today Show, 20/20 and many more.
  • What is a mindset?
  • What is the fixed mindset?
  • We go deep into the “fixed mindset” and how they view challenges and the world
  • What is effort and how does the fixed mindset perceive it?
  • Is effort necessary to be successful or is it a sign that you’re not naturally talented?
  • If you have a fixed mindset, how do you think about criticism?
  • Do you often “need to be right?” - and how could that need be impacting your life?
  • We examine in detail what the “growth mindset” is and what underpins its core perception of reality
  • Setbacks are welcome and setbacks are inevitable
  • This fundamental conclusion is backed by 35+ years of psychological research, hundreds of studies, and more
  • A study of over 168,000 students (the entire 10th grade population of Chile) demonstrating all of these findings 
  • Research data from everything from dating life to conflict in the middle east bears out the lessons of fixed vs growth mindset
  • What is the most effective way to recover from devastating rejections?
  • Is it possible to change your mindset?
  • How to transform your mindset and specific steps you can take to move towards a growth mindset
  • How to find the things that trigger your fixed mindset reactions
  • Discover and name your “fixed mindset persona”
  • Success as improvement vs success as superiority
  • Self handicapping and the concept that effort robs you of your excuses
  • Repairing your self esteem vs repairing your failure
  • It’s impossible to learn from a mistake if you deny making it in the first place
  • The grave danger of placing blame, making excuses, and denying failure in order to protect your self esteem
  • The mindset of a champion and how champions rise to the occasion
  • Viewing people as judges vs viewing people as allies
  • How do we reconcile the lessons of mindset with the idea that you should focus on your strengths?
  • What are the most common triggers of the fixed mindset?
    • Taking on a challenge, out of your comfort zone
    • Struggling, not making progress
    • Setback, criticism, failure
  • Strength and weakness are much more dynamic than we understand or give them credit for
  • Don think your strengths will be strengths forever if you don't work on them and grow them
  • The dangers of the self esteem movement and how it actually cultivates the fixed mindset
  • And much more!