In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and business people both seasoned and new that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called grit.Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments.Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently bemoaned her lack of smarts, Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not genius, but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. As a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth created her own character lab and set out to test her theory.Here, she takes readers into the field to visit teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she's learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers; from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to the cartoon editor of The New Yorker to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that not talent or luck makes all the difference....
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I've been on a self-improvement reading kick lately, really for the first time in my life. I've discovered, to my surprise, that most of the books are backed-up by studies, which are in themselves fascinating and quite helpful.
This book I was less impressed with, because despite the interesting studies and papers it discusses, the "advice" portion was all circular reasoning and remarkably unhelpful: "How do you get grit? Don't give up!" That's like, "How do you find your way to the grocery stor ...more
Angela was making the podcast circuit early last year when her book came out and I liked what I heard enough to add it to my queue. Recently got into it as part of a series of "passion-work-calling" books and was not disappointed. Like others in her genre (think Cal Newport/Daniel Pink) she's got a lot of research and science to share. Unlike those two authors, she's weaving the narrative of her own parenting within this story of what grit is and why it matters.
Grit = Passion + Perseverance
Takeaway message: find your passion and work hard. The title already told everything.
It's a good book but the idea is not so new, even though it concerns about a fairly new concept named grit.
Nonetheless, it's a good book esp. for those who haven't read a lot of psychology books before, and parents.
What a fascinating book! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this research on how important effort and perseverance is in being successful. Duckworth calls this grit, and has tests for measuring how gritty a person is in his or her projects. Her findings are that "natural talent" is helpful, of course, but effort matters more.
I've heard about grit research in relation to education, and how grittier students tend to do better in school. But grit applies to more than just getting good grades or ...more
I'm not giving this such a high rating because I'm totally sold on the premise or her research. Her theory has been challenged by other studies with equally intriguing findings which suggest that grit is not a trait that can be easily influenced because it's mostly determined by genetics while Duckworth claims that it's something that can be learned and trained. They also suggest there are so many more factors that influence someone's success while she chose to focus on this one specifically. He ...more
I've been a fan of Dr. Duckworth and her research since long before she became famous, so it's hard to overstate my disappointment with this title. The fundamental problem with the book is that instead of writing a popularization aimed at the intellectual/policy market, she decided to cash out with a different type of book aimed at the (larger) self-help/business market. The problem with this approach is that the self-help market doesn't want to learn about limits: they want the secret to succes ...more
For the many critics of Duckworth and her theory of Grit, I say: read this book. You will not find anywhere here that Grit is about "sucking it up and getting it done". Angela Duckworth writes: "This book has been my way of taking you out for a coffee and telling you what I know." To me, this coffee date pacified off and will be repeated a few times. This book is filled with the science of Grit (Duckworth is a scientist after all), as well as countless stories about Grit. The stories stick. I wi ...more