Reading at coffee break-Mindset

This week in Beijing , I have met a publisher, entering in her office, I saw thousands of BOOKS!  Amazing!!

I discovered some figures which impressive me:

About 175 million books have been published worldwide. This number grows by 1 million per year. 

I say to myself: ” I’d better get started…””

Here I share some insights from a book I’m reading, hope to bring you a book taste at your next coffee break time…

jia-Vanessa GUO

Consutlant & Trainer


Fixed Mindset & Growth Mindset

Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”

For twenty years, my research has shown that the view adopted for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead  life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish what you value.

When you enter a mindset, you enter a new world.

In one world – the world of fixed traits – success is about proving you’re smart. Validating yourself. In the other – the world of changing qualities – it’s about stretching yourself to learn something new. Developing yourself.



We praise for ability or for effort?

The ability praise pushed students right into the fixed mindset, and they showed all the signs of it, too: When we gave them a choice, they rejected a challenging new task that they could learn from. They didn’t want to do anything that could expose their flaws and call into question their talent. …

In contrast, when students were praised for effort, 90% of them wanted the challenging new task that they could learn from

Dweck  gave each 10 fairly challenging problems from a nonverbal IQ test to hundreds of teenagers, then praised the student for their performance – most had done pretty well.

But they offered two types of praise:

Some students were told “Wow, you got [X many] right. That’s a really good score. You must be smart at this,”

while others, “Wow, you got [X many] right. That’s a really good score. You must have worked really hard.”

In other words, some were praised for ability and others for effort.

The findings, at this point, are unsurprising yet jarring:

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