Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
A quick survey of the titles depressed me; I was dumb to at least 20 subjects (among them: wine tasting), not yet counting an array of the Dummies on the shelf. I picked up one on the edge—French for Dummies—and flipped through it. Before long, my mind was set: I am a dummy. Only a moment later, a book on the new non-fiction table caught my eyes. I skimmed it, and my mood turned; it wasn’t because of the coffee.
The book has a serious title: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, written by Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University. In a nutshell, she says that everyone has a mindset; someone’s is fixed, and other’s is fluid. The former believes that one’s talent and ability is innate—either you have it or not, so there isn’t much you can do about it; the latter thinks that one is a work in progress. You can always learn and improve, as long as you put in time and efforts. Not surprisingly, she concludes that the successfully people tend to have a changeable mindset. They are flexible, they see more opportunities, and they are more eager to learn.
That’s the “Aha” moment for me. I walked back to the Dummies table with my changed mindset. Hey, man, I could do it. That thought alone made me felt like a success. I picked up both Wine for Dummies and French for Dummies, before finally settled with Wine.
My mindset was clear: it would be easier to drink like a French than to speak French.