The highly successful people have a kind of ferocious determination that plays out in two ways. First, they are resilient and hard working. Second, they know what they want. They not only have determination, but they also have direction. It's this combination of passion and perseverance that made high achievers special. In a word, they had grit.
The two big ideas about grit that have made Duckworth famous are first, that it predicts success more reliably than talent or I.Q.; and second, that anyone, man or woman, adult or child, can learn to be gritty.
Make 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.
“Grit” is a pop-psych smash. More than eight million people saw Duckworth’s ted talk before the book came out. Duckworth is in demand in many places as a motivational speaker.
Duckworth makes a persuasive case that “talent” and intelligence alone cannot fully account for how and why people succeed. Passion and perseverance, which together make up grit, are also critical elements. Duckworth’s proof lies in research showing that her measure of grit is predictive of accomplishments, such as thriving at West Point or advancing in the National Spelling Bee.
I found the book a reasonably compelling read – the pieces come together in a coherent story, and it is hard to quibble too much with the general advice.
With Grit, Duckworth has now put out the definitive handbook for her theory of success. It parades from one essential topic to another on a float of common sense, tossing out scientific insights as it goes along. How to raise your kids, how to unearth your inner passion, how to find a higher purpose—like other self-help authors,
Subtitled The Power of Passion and Perseverance, the text is the fruit of years studying the psychology of success. Swimmers, chefs, army cadets, telesales executives …
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The highly successful people have a kind of ferocious determination that plays out in two ways. First, they are resilient and hard working. Second, they know what they want.
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