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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance Hardcover – May 3, 2016
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In this instant New York Times bestseller pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed be it parents students educators athletes or business people that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls grit Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of genius Duckworth now a celebrated researcher and professor describes her early eye opening stints in teaching business consulting and neuroscience which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not genius but a unique combination of passion and long term perseverance In Grit she takes readers into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point teachers working in some of the toughest schools 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 New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll Among Grit s most valuable insights Why any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal 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 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 n
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There's a measure of inspiration in her foundational message that, through hard work and persistence, you can become the best version of yourself. Her main point is that it's unlikely that you know your own limits, and that the act of striving against them each day can take you to an unexpectedly good place. However, the true value of this book would have been to teach us the best methods for increasing and maintaining our own grit, and to show that those methods are proven through research. Unfortunately, that doesn't yet exist because the research hasn't been conducted, except in a preliminary fashion.
Because that answer doesn't exist, the book and stories are reduced to a collection of recitations of interviews of successful people, not unlike other business and self-help books. It has a dusting of authority from the author herself, since she has substantially contributed to the field. An interested reader can glean their own lessons from that material, in additions to the insights the author provides. Still, the book lacks true weight, and would be greatly served by an update in a few years as the author and her peers conduct more research on the subject.
My one complaint about the book is its plethora of anecdotes about various peoples' successes. I can grow weary of hearing stories about how Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos persevered. I know a book like this uses human stories to illustrate its points, but there are just too many of these stories. And they are mostly stories of people who are wildly successful, not ordinary folks like me about the smaller successes we might have had. Even my local plumber or carpenter can have "grit", and I would have liked to have heard more stories of how people like them can persevere in their more ordinary lives.
That said, I do have much more perspective on a topic that has interested and even plagued me for over 30 years. The book even made me reinvigorate a project that I'd back burnered because I didn't feel I was "getting anywhere". I have a different view of where "there" is now, and the book helped me see that I'd perhaps just stopped too soon. It's important to just carry on!
Hard work will pay off, even if you fail to be the best. I felt the children who had made it to the top competition in the spelling bee were rewarded by
having been a part of the competition. I know some super competitive people and have seen that spirit displayed. Everything is a competition, even a friendly ping pong game. I am still thinking about the facts and data Duckworth shared. Do happiness and grit go together?