Lessons From ‘Mindset’ by Carol Dweck (2006)

I recently read a fantastic book entitled – ‘Mindset. The New Psychology of Success. How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential’ by Carol Dweck (2006)  – “one of the most influential books ever on motivation” (Po Bronson). I really enjoyed the read, the case studies and examples presented were particularly interesting. I found it incredibly useful for learning more about teaching students and for improving myself generally. It details the two mindsets (fixed vs growth) and explains how these affect how you take criticism and failure, and how you deal with other people and situations.

The basic concept is that the fixed mindset means one bases their worth on their intelligence, which they view as a fixed trait. They must prove their superiority over and over to feel ‘successful’ and a failure is deeply damaging, as it challenges their entire concept of self. Confidence is tied to their level of intelligence, which again they believe cannot be changed. Therefore, challenging situations are seen as to be avoided, less they cannot overcome them. Opportunities are missed and potential is not realised because of the fear of failure. In contrast growth mindset views failure as learning, and intelligence as something which can change and grow. Challenges are therefore motivating and fun. This, in turn, means individuals are not held back and happily work hard to achieve their goals, take up opportunities and realise their full potential.

I definitely recommend this as a must-read. Here are the key points I took away from the book regarding how to be more ‘growth minded’:

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Some library humour

One of my hobbies outside of the library world is to create art. I dabble in painting and all sorts of crafts, but by far one of my favourite things to do is draw comics and cartoons, especially ones involving word play. At one of the high schools I worked at, I was able to run a lunchtime library workshop with students on creating comics which was lots of fun.

So, since this cartoon intersects with my library world, I thought I would also share it here too 🙂

You can check out all my artwork on my other wordpress blog MissyCartoons.


© Michelle De Aizpurua and MissyCartoons 2016

Digital records changing lives

Amazing. I’ve often heard of prosthetic limbs and a number of other inspiring objects being 3D printed, and wondered – how does a layman go about constructing something so complex?

Well, it seems Australia’s own Trove has helped in the research side of these developments.

Interestingly, the digital record used by the modern creator in making a 3D prosthetic hand was of a prosthetic from 1845, made of whale bone and pulleys!


image source: https://www.nla.gov.au/media-releases/2015/12/15/how-digital-records-change-lives


image source: https://ehive.com/account/5254/object/387275


I’m always in awe of what the human mind can accomplish.

You can read the article, and view the record, on the National Library of Australia website.

I can’t wait to see what other wonderful developments 3D printing and open access resources lead to in the future!