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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Written by Angela Duckworth

Narrated by Angela Duckworth

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In this must-listen 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, 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 listeners 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.

Editor's Note

A new classic…

Angela Duckworth’s new classic proves you don’t have to be a genius to succeed. All you need is grit. Learn how to use your passion and persistence to plow through the rough patches on the road to making your dreams a reality.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateMay 3, 2016
ISBN9781442397149
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Author

Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth, PhD, is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has advised the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. She is also the founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance scientific insights that help kids thrive. She completed her BA in neurobiology at Harvard, her MSc in neuroscience at Oxford, and her PhD in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is her first book and an instant New York Times bestseller.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I found the sections on grit plasticity and natural talent bias the most interesting.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    If you're looking for an insightful examination of what makes people successful, this is the book for you. Angela Duckworth builds a case for grit - the ability to work hard, learn, and see a larger purpose to work - rather than talent (or innate ability) as the hallmark of successful people. She discusses examples from across professions from athletes to rocket scientists to trash collectors. She also presents a theory for how to improve one's grit and how to get better at what one does right now. Overall, an inspiring and insightful look at success.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    The book obviously talks about what Grit is - a combination of passion and perseverance. The distinction between talent and grit is illustrated rather excellently - kind of in a mathematical way. I found it easy to remember what talent, effort, skill and achievement are and how they are connected.Focusing on the assets that 'gritters' possess - interest, practice, purpose and hope seems to help people break their mediocre lives and achieve beyond their abilities. Transferring energy from their enthusiasm towards endurance has also proved to be another effective tool for greater potential of individuals.Seeing the relationship between wise parenting and grittier children was delightfully enlightening. As a parent, I'm definitely willing to learn more of what that means.As a few others have mentioned, a few parts of the book do seem repetitive - but I'm guessing the author conducted such extensive research to be sure beyond doubt.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    valuable information for teachers, parents, professionals,and anyone that works with children.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Angela describes what we all want, but often fall short of. This is a great book for anyone! I looked to it for my own self improvement but hearing others stories and how I can help my children develop grit was also amazing to hear!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I liked this book, but it was more serious and intellectual than other business or self help books I've read. There are some good tips on how to develop grit, but there's also a lot of information on why people who succeed have grit.