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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance Hardcover – 3 May 2016
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*How grit can be learned, regardless of I.Q. or circumstances
*How lifelong interest is triggered
*How much of optimal practice is suffering and how much ecstasy
*Which is better for your child--a warm embrace or high standards
*The magic of the Hard Thing Rule 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.
--Judith Shulevitz, The New York Times Book Review
It really isn't talent but practice--along with passion--that makes perfect, explains psychologist Duckworth in this illuminating book. Inspiration for non-geniuses everywhere.
One of The Hottest Spring Nonfiction Books
--The Wall Street Journal
One of "The Year's Best Life Hacks"
"Grit is a persuasive and fascinating response to the cult of IQ fundamentalism. Duckworth reminds us that it is character and perseverance that set the successful apart."
--Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers
"Fascinating. Angela Duckworth pulls together decades of psychological research, inspiring success stories from business and sports, and her own unique personal experience and distills it all into a set of practical strategies to make yourself and your children more motivated, more passionate, and more persistent at work and at school."
--Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed
"Impressively fresh and original...Grit scrubs away preconceptions about how far our potential can take us."
--Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
"Psychologists have spent decades searching for the secret of success, but Angela Duckworth is the one who found it. In this smart and lively book, she not only tells us what it is, but also how to get it."
--Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness
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- Publisher : Scribner Book Company; 1st edition (3 May 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1501111108
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501111105
- Best Sellers Rank: 115,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's an interesting read, but as someone who is neurodivergent (adhd) it was a little discouraging in some parts. The definition of grit from the beginning felt unfair. Basically it described someone who doesn't have adhd.
I would also like to understand why certain people have more grit than others or how to go from not having it to having it. Do upbringing, financial position or support networks have anything to do with it? I don't see how those crucial aspects were fully investigated. I think this book is encouraging if you're already a natural achiever and don't struggle with executive functions. Maybe you just need a kick to keep going or a reminder to persevere.
I didn't see much about getting through the difficult circumstances in life that you need to overcome before you can even dream of achieving things, like homelessness or unemployment without any support. I think surviving those things is a whole other kind of grit and requires the same tenacity it does to do things considered to be success in the book.
I normally judge this type of book by the number of passages I high light, I didn't high light a single line in this book
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1.If you think of the overall well-being of people around you, you tend to be more successful in the long run
2.Deliberate practice makes you better at a skill
3.While learning something different, the first stage of introduction needs to be interesting and playful, strenuous efforts are required at a later stage
For finding these takeaways, you need to pass through the vast jungle of psychology study and data. On certain occasions it feels like research has been done for certain evident things also. This makes it boring on certain occasions.
However, it is an intelligent book challenging conventional wisdom and places the required prerogative on the importance of efforts above everything else.
This book reminds me of how the government will spend millions of dollars on a study to tell you something you already know: "After an exhaustive multi-year study costing $10 million dollars, we have concluded that ice is cold to the touch." This book is very much like that. I can't think of one single concept presented in the book that isn't already common knowledge. Example: Hard work and perseverance can make up for lack of talent. Who doesn't already know this? Here's another one: People who like what they are doing (passion), usually do better than those who do not. Every single point made in this book is about that profound. And, if you are looking for proven ways to increase you own "grit," forget about it--they are not there.
This material might make for a good 10-page whitepaper, but it isn't nearly deep enough to make into a 300 page book. Because of that, there is just major filler in the form of stories about successful people.
Lastly, like another reviewer pointed out, this book has a self-righteous undertone to it. The author burns a lot of ink making sure you think she's smart and important.
I'll save you $20: The most successful people work really hard at something they like and don't give up.