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Book Review: Mindset by Carol Dweck

Although I read it a while back, this book cannot escape my mind; I keep seeing it referenced in articles and hearing it talked about in interviews. Seems fitting to share with you!

In Mindset - The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck identifies two types of predominant patterns of thinking in our culture: the growth mindset and the fixed mindset. While these ideas are difficult to define succinctly, here are some examples of thinking from each type:
Fixed Mindset - Your level of intelligence is very basic and cannot be changed much. You can do things differently, but the important parts of who you are can't really be changed.
Growth Mindset - You can always change how intelligent you are, and you can change basic things about the kind of person you are.
Growth vs. fixed mindset people think as learners vs. non-learners. They are lovers of challenge vs. possessing a fear of failure.

"In one world, effort is a bad thing. It, like failure, means you’re not smart or talented…

Beating Infertility

As I have discussed many times on this blog, infertility can be a stressful and difficult thing to endure. Infertility is shrouded in shame, and yet it is quite common in our society. As women choose to have children later in life, egg quality diminishes and leads to lower pregnancy rates. In addition, age and a longer period on this earth put us at an inherently increased chance for a medical diagnosis that could impact fertility. My infertility issues fell into both of these categories, but now (after lots of intervention) I am 21 weeks pregnant!

Heather Huhman has suffered repeated setbacks in her quest to become a mom, but instead of delving into despair, she decided to use her experiences (and those of many other women) to help others who struggle with infertility. She recently started a podcast called Beat Infertility, in which she interviews "success stories" in addition to women undergoing current treatments. She also publishes short expert interviews on topics such …