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In this must-read for anyone seeking to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth takes us on an eye-opening journey to discover the true qualities that lead to outstanding achievement. Winningly personal, insightful and powerful, 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.
Grit: Why passion and resilience are the secrets to success
About Angela Duckworth
Dr Angela Duckworth is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an expert in non-IQ competencies, including grit and self-control. A highly sought-after international speaker, her 'Ted' talk on grit has been viewed by over 10 million people.
- Duckworth’s hypothesis that the real guarantor of success may not be inborn talent but a special blend of resilience and single-mindedness grew out of her upbringing: as a child her scientist father lovingly bemoaned the fact his daughter was ‘no genius’. Duckworth was determined to prove him wrong and spent her youth smashing through every academic barrier. As an adult she became focused on proving her theory and to find out if grit can be learned or cultivated. It was out of this that she created her own Character Lab at the University of Pennsylvania
Impressively fresh and original … GRIT scrubs away preconceptions about how far our potential can take us. And it solves the riddle of how those not likely to succeed in fact do. Buy this, send copies to your friends, and tell the world that there is, in fact, hope. We can all dazzle. ― Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author
At a time when our collective notion of success has shrunk to the point of being unrecognizable, Angela Duckworth arrives to restore it. With a mix of masterful storytelling and the latest science, she shows that perseverance and passion matter at least as much as talent and intelligence. And far from simply urging us to work harder for the sake of working harder, Grit offers a truly sane perspective: that true success comes when we devote ourselves to endeavors that give us joy and purpose.― Arianna Huffington, bestselling author of Thrive
This book will change your life. Fascinating, rigorous, and practical, Grit is destined to be a classic in the literature of success. ― Dan Heath, bestselling co-author of Made to Stick, Switch and Decisive
Angela Duckworth has written a contemporary classic - a clarifying and deeply-researched book in the tradition of Stephen Covey and Carol Dweck. For anyone hoping to work smarter or live better, GRIT is an essential - and perhaps life-changing - read.― Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell is Human
- ASIN : 1785040200
- Publisher : VERMILION - MASS MARKET (1 May 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781785040207
- ISBN-13 : 978-1785040207
- Dimensions : 12.6 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,025 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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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.