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Grit : the power of passion and perseverance (edition 2016)

by Angela Duckworth

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"In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, athletes, 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, MacArthur "genius" 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"--… (more)
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Great information on what grit is and how to develop it. It is an enjoyable read with plenty of real world examples from celebrities, scholars and others that show grit. The information on the research on grit is presented in a simple manner that is easy for everyone to understand ( )
  Crystal199 | Dec 14, 2022 |
Many opine that success is the product of solely hard work. Others argue that a strong vision is the way to go. Angela Duckworth in her book Grit however, concentrates on the unrivaled role that the quality of grit plays in achieving long-term success. Combining the power of grit with passion is Duckworth’s recipe for success, according to her research. With numerous lessons from interviews with industry giants such as JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, insights from history, and both personal and general experiences, this book will show you exactly why and how a certain kind of perseverance can beat talent any day! ( )
  Demos_Parneros | Nov 25, 2022 |
Dropped as her ideas aren't really new to me and I've already read a lot about the other books/writers/researchers she references.

Article debunking some of her ideas here: https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/05/25/479172868/angela-duckworth-responds-t... ( )
  serru | Oct 6, 2022 |
The book talks about grit (passion + perseverance). Has a nice combination of (i) empirical background about the psychology of success and (ii) practical tips on how to develop grit.

Overall, a really good book about the psychology of success. The only reason for 4* (instead of 5) is I prefer books with clear structures and takeaways. In this case, it still reads very much like a layman-friendly academic journal, moving from the discussion of 1 psychological construct to another without always a clear "so-what" to it. Would also have preferred more meat to the application tips. Still, a book worth reading if you're into personal development, psychology or want to nurture grittier kids.

What it covers:
• Why talent and intelligence are less predictive of success than grit (the combination of passion and perseverance)
• How grit relates to other psychological concepts behind achievement and success, such as flow, optimism, and the growth mindset
• The key ingredients of grit—interest, practice, purpose and hope—and how you can develop them from inside-out and from outside-in.

Book summary at: https://readingraphics.com/book-summary-grit-the-power-of-passion-and-perseveran... ( )
  AngelaLamHF | May 25, 2022 |
I saw this book on a list of “books to read before you start grad school” and I wish I’d read it before I started high school. It’s a great resource for anyone doing anything, I encourage you to read it too. ( )
  Sennie_V | Mar 22, 2022 |
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Nobody wants to show you the hours and hours of becoming. They'd rather show the highlight of what they’ve become.
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Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.
Growing up, I heard the word genius a lot.
Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.
There are no shortcuts to excellence. Developing real expertise, figuring out really hard problems, it all takes time―longer than most people imagine….you’ve got to apply those skills and produce goods or services that are valuable to people….Grit is about working on something you care about so much that you’re willing to stay loyal to it…it’s doing what you love, but not just falling in love―staying in love.
as much as talent counts, effort counts twice.
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"In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, athletes, 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, MacArthur "genius" 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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