Most people believe personality traits are fixed characteristics that are present at birth and persist throughout an individual’s lifetime. Recent research, however, indicates these “fixed” traits are simply the symptoms of a person’s belief system. These beliefs can be so strong, in fact, that they positively or negatively influence every aspect of an individual’s life: sports, business, relationships, parenting, teaching, and coaching.
According to Carol S. Dweck, one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation, there are two main belief systems, or mindsets, that people can possess. These mindsets strongly influence the way individuals respond to success and failure, and in Mindset, Dweck uses research, examples of well-known business and sports leaders, and specific scenarios to demonstrate how changing one’s mindset can profoundly affect the outcome of almost every situation. Dweck also explains how understanding the basics of mindsets can help in accepting and understanding relationships and the people who comprise them