• Limitless Mind

  • Learn, Lead, and Live Without Barriers
  • By: Jo Boaler
  • Narrated by: Jo Boaler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (445 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this revolutionary book, a professor of education at Stanford University and acclaimed math educator who has spent decades studying the impact of beliefs and bias on education, reveals the six keys to unlocking learning potential, based on the latest scientific findings.

From the moment we enter school as children, we are made to feel as if our brains are fixed entities, capable of learning certain things and not others, influenced exclusively by genetics. This notion follows us into adulthood, where we tend to simply accept these established beliefs about our skillsets (i.e. that we don’t have “a math brain” or that we aren’t “the creative type”). These damaging - and as new science has revealed, false - assumptions have influenced all of us at some time, affecting our confidence and willingness to try new things and limiting our choices, and, ultimately, our futures. 

Stanford University professor, bestselling author, and acclaimed educator Jo Boaler has spent decades studying the impact of beliefs and bias on education. In Limitless Mind, she explodes these myths and reveals the six keys to unlocking our boundless learning potential. Her research proves that those who achieve at the highest levels do not do so because of a genetic inclination toward any one skill but because of the keys that she reveals in the book. Our brains are not “fixed,” but entirely capable of change, growth, adaptability, and rewiring. Want to be fluent in mathematics? Learn a foreign language? Play the guitar? Write a book? The truth is not only that anyone at any age can learn anything, but the act of learning itself fundamentally changes who we are, and as Boaler argues so elegantly in this audiobook, what we go on to achieve.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Jo Boaler (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Title does not reflect audience

The book's title and subtitle indicate this is a book written to help YOU "Learn, Lead, and Live Without Barriers" – but it's written specifically for educators teaching students.

If you're in that audience, the book may be inspirational. Just don't expect it to be instructional. It's a WHY book, not a HOW book.

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Good but not new

If you have never read anything on growth mindset, this is a fairly comprehensive and worth a read. However, if you are already familiar with the topic, there isn’t much new content here. Struggling to think of a take-away beyond what I already knew.

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Amazing book

This book will show scientific evidence that one can CHOOSE the Positive Growth MindSet; we are CAPABLE of CONTINUOUSLY LEARNING (i.e, we have a limitless mind).
I'm listening to it for the second time now, and I have listened to MANY Audiobooks.
Get it, it might even make you cry. It's really good.
Thank you, Jo Boaler and all people who contributed to this, thank you.

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Fascinating

Really well read book with lots of examples and helpful reference materials. I don't learn well drudging through the monotony of heavily structured non-fiction books. Flew through it quickly and is a great jumping off point into the subject.

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over-simplistic

useful, if you never heard about neuroplasticity, or the importance of multimodal learning. It is a shallow book with a “coachy” flavor. Too many feel-good stories that feet extremely well with her views with no mention to possible limitations, challenges or disagreements with here research.

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Excellent read

Such an important read for any educator, parent or really any person with a mind.

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Great insight mixed with enthusiastic storytelling

This book contains great insights into Math learning and teaching. Boaler describes her experience in the field of teaching Maths and connecting neuroscientific research with teaching and learning in a vlassroom environment.

I enjoyed the added diagrams and her enthusiasm for teaching and lifelong learning.

I felt a little frustrated with some of the political and social justice motifs that kept surfacing, as well as some of the anecdotal and personal stories. Although it probably helps to make this an easier read, for me, it takes away from the valuable knowledge to be gained from studying and applying this new approach.

I would also have appreciated more practical examples of how to apply this type of teaching in the classroom, presented systematically. I guess that is what her Mindset Mathematics books are for and I will be looking into those next.

Thank you for pushing the boundaries and exploring new ways to help us learn and teach!

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True Wisdom

As a new transplant to a location and which has been a recessed and down-and-out area the thought logic and openness of leading a limitless life has enabled to communicate better and work with people who have diametrically opposed views in a way where we can all improve. I recommend this book to everyone, but especially those who feel stuck or lost.

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Excellent reminder that our minds are limitless

Excellent reminder that our minds are limitless and we truly can accomplish anything. Throughout our life journey, struggle is essential for growth and learning.

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Great Read

Loved the content and the concept of embracing struggle and failure. it has allowed me to confirm things I have already felt as well as change my mindset on how I see learning and my ability to gain new knowledge and skills.

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