Grit: (Vermilion Life Essentials) Paperback – 6 August 2019
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- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1785042661
- ISBN-13 : 978-1785042669
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 26,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Talent is overrated - learn what truly makes you succeed
Angela Duckworth’s seminal work on why passion and perseverance matter more than anything.
Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while other far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things?
Uncovering insights from landmark research, Duckworth reveals why some people succeed and others fail, and the surprising truth that the answer lies in neither talent nor luck.
Released as part of the Vermilion Life Essentials range, the teachings of these original thinkers will provide you with the certainty that you are seeking in life.
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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