- 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: 327 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."
"[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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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.
1. Define what success looks like (i.e., I want to get into politics and would eventually like to become a Senator)
2. Clearly define my goals in terms of short-term, medium-term and long-term
3. Assign myself stretch goals
4. Reflect and learn from any obstacles or challenges or failures faced
5. Begin deliberate practice in my field (repeatedly stepping outside my comfort zone and trying activities beyond my current abilities)
6. Seek a coach and / or mentor
7. Gather and then grow a support network of friends, family, and industry professionals
8. Become even more obsessed / interested in my field and consume myself with news, books, articles, lectures, etc.
9. Learn from others who are where I want to be
10. Never become complacent or satisfied
The most striking matter I've found about this book doesn't really relate to the book per se. I've discovered that a lot of the more "official" reviews, such as the New Yorker, are being utterly pretentious and vilifying this book based on arguments that Angela Duckworth never made or even implied. I was shocked to see the radical difference between the contents of the book and the disparaging reviews that were being dishonest in their representation of both her research and her as a person. I was in disbelief until I read her perspective on her TEDTalk in her own book where she mentions, in much nicer words than I'm describing, how the CEO of TED basically asked her to dumb down her information to the public about her findings. The TEDTalk and the arguments against her feel and sound like they're calling her bluff about nonsense the public has heard before, specifically because she was requested to tone down the information. So, it's unfair. It's unfair of us to judge her based on her TEDTalk and those shockingly disingenuous reviews. I wouldn't honestly be saying this had I not done the same prior to reading her book on a whim.
Long story short: this book isn't about education policy and never claimed to be. This book is for individuals and parents who want to learn what encourages people to find a passion, how to learn to work at that passion for a long term, and how we internalize a greater purpose for ourselves and others by following through with commitments that we feel strongly about. Grit was never about making kids better with grades. Nevertheless, this can only apply to grades, if kids care about the classes they take, but this book is more oriented towards extracurricular activities and encouraging them in kids early, it was never about trying to force kids to be passionate or persevere in grades on subjects they don't care about. Duckworth even explains the problems trying to force people to be passionate about subject matter that they don't care about.
In Duckworth's book, her interviews and general research have found that people who are very successful in their careers didn't simply find their passion from one incident. They discovered tidbits or gained encouragement from loved ones multiple time. As Duckworth puts it: Again, and again, and again. People might be happy to know that there isn't a specific parenting style, you just shouldn't devalue or tell your child the interest is bad, if you want to encourage their growth. Moreover, even if a child follows with an activity the parent has misgivings about like joining a music band, evidence shows that sticking to it for more than a year (generally 2 years) is likely to encourage them to stick to future goals when they discover a new passion. In the long term, the "grit" mindset of following through with your intrinsic passion can have long-term benefits. Also, much of the passion and perseverance doesn't come from pushing through adversity, but rather being encouraged to follow your intrinsic motivation. Children need encouraging parents and teachers, we need encouraging friends, and - most of all - we need a sense that what we're doing is meaningful for both ourselves and a greater society. I began realizing that a lot of the passion in the passion and perseverance rubric could apply to the immediate feedback loop that video games give people. Generally, we can immediately ascertain gains and losses and the techniques for how to improve are either instructed in the game itself or can be found from tips online. Having a community of friends to talk to about games like Dragon Quest or Dragon Age is self-reinforcing.
I'm somewhat hesitant to jot down a list of the crucial parts of her research, because I'm often afraid that I'm simply not giving this book and it's author due credit by paraphrasing and potentially taking her out of context. I'm particularly hesitant because of how thoroughly people have insulted caricatures of her work instead of the work itself. When people begin counting terminology and the number of times a word was used, I begin to question whether they had ever even read her book at all. I was really disappointed with so many reviews that conflate Carol Dwreck and Angela Duckworth's research with their personality characteristics. This isn't even isolated to women or even people who exist in the present-day. I just keep spotting this same pattern and when I read someone's work, it's largely incredibly different from what accusers espouse that their work contains. I don't want to contribute to that form of misinformation, even if subconsciously, and I don't like taking someone's words out of context as I see so often done.
Overall, I enjoyed her book thoroughly, but I couldn't personally identify with the parenting chapter and the chapter after it seemed like it was simply filling space with anecdotes. Angela Duckworth seems to write in a journalistic fashion just like Carol Dwreck, they both utilize anecdotes to give people a more impressionable affect and it probably helps the average reader to remember more. I prefer Heidi Grant Halvorson's more personalized writing style where she presents the reader with questionable assumptions about life and then presents the evidence to explain the reasoning behind why the research is valuable and how it can improve lives.