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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance Paperback – 21 Aug 2018

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company; Reprint edition (21 August 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1501111116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1501111112
  • Product Dimensions:: 14 x 2 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
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"This book will change your life. Fascinating, rigorous, and practical, Grit is destined to be a classic in the literature of success."
--Dan Heath, co-author of Made to Stick, Switch, and Decisive

"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, New York Times-bestselling author of When, Drive, and To Sell Is Human

"Grit delivers! Angela Duckworth shares the stories, the science, and the positivity behind sustained success...A must-read."
--Barbara Fredrickson, author of Positivity and Love 2.0 and President of the International Positive Psychology Association

"Grit delves into the personal ingredients of great success. It's worth reading...the gist is that talent and skill are less valuable than effort."
--Andrew Ross Sorkin, The New York Times

"Grit is a pop-psych smash."
--The New Yorker

"Grit is a useful guide for parents or teachers looking for confirmation that passion and persistence matter, and for inspiring models of how to cultivate these important qualities."
--The Washington Post

"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

"[Blends] anecdote and science, statistic and yarn...Not your grandpa's self-help book, but Duckworth's text is oddly encouraging, exhorting us to do better by trying harder, and a pleasure to read."
--Kirkus Reviews

"[Have] no doubt: Grit is great. It's a lucid, informative, and entertaining review of the research Angela has assiduously conducted over the past decade or so. The book also includes suggestions on how to develop grit, and how we can help support grit in others. There are few people who wouldn't learn something from this book."
--Scientific American (blog)

"A combination of rich science, compelling stories, crisp graceful prose, and appealingly personal examples...Without a doubt, this is the most transformative, eye-opening book I've read this year."
--Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor, University of California, Riverside and author of The How of Happiness

About the Author

Angela Duckworth, PhD, is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and professor of 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 Director of the Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. She completed her BA in neurobiology at Harvard, her MSc in neuroscience at Oxford, and her PhD in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is her first book and an instant New York Times bestseller.

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