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  1. SJ Scott
    October 25, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

    I would say your views of success certainly affect happiness.

    Dr. Carol Dweck has a book I read recently called Mindset. The short version is that through a long (20+ years) of experiments she found there were basically two types of mindsets fixed and growth.

    Fixed mindsets are just focused on goals, so they get too wrapped up in successes and failures and can be a lot unhappier (and tend to avoid doing things too)

    The Growth mindset on the other hand doesn’t worry about success or failure but instead focuses on the process.

    In other words: success doesn’t matter if you “do the work” this group is far happier, because they enjoy what they do (and usually achieve success as a result, but often not as the goal.)

    It is an interesting book, you might enjoy it.



    • Li-ling
      October 28, 2013 @ 6:23 am

      Absolutely SJ! Thank you for visiting and sharing your thoughts and experience.

      It’s interesting to learn about the two extreme mindsets, as defined by Carol Dweck. I’ll definitely look up the book.

      I have found myself in both groups, and possibly the range in between at various times in my life.
      Have you found yourself more clearly defined in one group vs the other?


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