- 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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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: 3,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance Paperback – 21 Aug 2018
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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.
Please also excuse grammar/ spelling, as I'm writing this from Russia and I'm not a native English speaker.
This book tells us that grit (and not talent or luck) is essential for success in life.
The reader will find multiple anecdotes on how so-and-so achieved much by perseverence, passion and not giving up.
So half of the book is dedicated to showing a reader how important is grit for success (quite convincingly, but to my taste, way too extensively; couple of anecdotes and studies mentioned would have done as good as these several chapters). Along with anecdotes some (quite robust) scientific evidence is given.
What the book lacks completely, is scientifically based advice HOW TO BUILD GRIT. As someone, who struggles to be gritty in my daily life, I had great hopes to find valuable hints in this book. There are a few, but very "soft" ones (like the author assumes they should work, but being honest with the reader, concedes that there is no evidence behind these tips).
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