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...
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It was hard to pay attention to or stick with because most of the chapters seemed the same.
But perhaps I haven't learned enough grittiness yet.
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
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
I am interested generally in the idea of “grit.” It’s hard sometimes to not be discouraged, to have resilience and to get up and keep going after setbacks, and I’m interested in how to develop that trait.
To that end, this book skims over some relevant ideas. Apparently everything might come down to your overall worldview, or, as I read it, your humanism and compassion. The author talks about a “fixed mindset” vs. a “growth mindset”: whether you believe that people are born a certain way and have ...more
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
What an inspiring and very well written book! Human beings love magic, the idea of a gift, natural talent and to be swept off their feet by a stunning piece of music or witnessing a person doing something no one has ever managed to do before. We like to believe that there is an innate natural gift that allows some people to stand out of the crowd. Yet, the author of this book suggests that she 'is yet to meet a Nobel laureate or Olympic champion who says that what they achieved came in any other ...more
The writer comes across as self-righteous and talks too much about sport. However, I thought it worth reading for chapter 6 on "Interest" - her comments on following your passion are quite nuanced.
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.