Grit by Angela DuckworthGrit by Angela Duckworth


byAngela Duckworth

Hardcover | May 3, 2016

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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.

Angela Duckworth is an American psychologist, born in 1970. She earned her BA in neurobiology at Harvard, her MSc in neuroscience at Oxford, and her PhD in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. She is also the Founder and Scientific Direct...
Title:GritFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.13 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443442313

ISBN - 13:9781443442312

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and enlightening Even though I would usually steer away from pop-psych books, I do find Angela's research quite intriguing and definitely very thorough. She offers a different perspective on what we perceive as successful, which is much more relatable and achievable. She definitely highlights that success and achievements are not reached overnight, but that they can be accessible to anyone if you are willing to do the hard work to earn them. If you don't know where to start, she offers tips on how to be more "gritty", and also on how to raise "grittier" children. Although the advice does seem a bit general and vague at times, the general message is very important and can be very helpful.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Makes concepts simple and memorable. So interesting that I saved some quotes on my phone.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reassuring & inspiring This book really helps to normalize failure - it drives home the message that it's ok to fail, so long as you keep moving forward. It's reassuring to know that your abilities aren't fixed and you can always get better at something. A great read.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of Time This book of pseudoscience was a total waste of time. One could read a 2-page article and absorb about the same amount of information as reading this whole book. It made huge leaps getting to desired conclusions, and often suffered from obvious logical fallacies. For instance, most of the research was based on self-assessment questionnaires, which are not generally that reliable. I would not recommend reading this book to nearly anyone as one that can make it to the end of the book obviously has sufficient "grit" to not require the book in the first instance.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good good book quite informative.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Read She presented a lot of interesting concepts - helps you take a different perspective on passion and success
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative A must read for any supervisor looking to hire hard working people.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative This is a great book for any supervisor looking to attract hard workers to their team.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Everyone knows that hard work can lead to success. But what about sticking to one thing and never giving up? Angela Duckworth explains the science behind "grit" and how it's grit and not talent that leads to success. After all, what is talent if you don't use it? After reading this book I have a deeper appreciation for people who never give up and persevere. In the book, Angela gives us countless examples of how successful people or "grit paragons" got to where they are by using failure as a means to propel them forward. The most important message of this book is to "finish strong" in whatever you do. Also, for those of you who have children, the last few chapters talk about parenting and topics such as "tough love parents" v.s "nurturing supportive parents", which style can lead to gritty successful children. Overall I enjoyed this book. This book made me aware that sometimes getting bored of something and changing your hobbies all the time can be tell-tale signs that you may need to work on your "grit".
Date published: 2016-06-21

Editorial Reviews

Grit delivers! Angela Duckworth shares the stories, the science, and the positivity behind sustained success…A must-read.”