The Right Mindset for Success

An interview with Carol Dweck by Sarah Green Carmichael

Editor’s Note: The transcript of this audio interview (originally published on January 12, 2012) has been lightly edited for clarity.

We spoke with Carol Dweck, Stanford professor and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. We talked about why some people reach their potential while other people who are just as talented do not, digging into the science of persistence and praise.

HBR: Your research has shown that many of the talented people who find success have a growth mindset. What is a growth mindset?

Dweck: Let me start with a fixed mindset. A fixed mindset is when people believe their basic qualities—their intelligence, their talents, their ...

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