Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while other far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things? The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a passionate persistence. In other words, grit.
MacArthur Genius Award-winning psychologist Angela Duckworth shares fascinating new revelations about who succeeds in life and why. Based on her cutting-edge research, Duckworth shows how many people achieve remarkable things not just by relying on innate natural talent but by practising what she calls grit. She then offers a Grit Formula to help anyone to become grittier, focusing on six key factors: hope, effort, precision, passion, ritual and prioritisation.
Leaping past clichés such as 'success is all about hard work', Grit offers a fresh and motivating way to climb to heights far beyond what natural talent would predict.
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loved it ! Angela packs in powerful insights on am important subject : psychology of achievement. her clear articulation of Grit as passion and perseverance is simply superb.
"I found the Ted talk more helpful"
I have every respect for the investigations Angela Duckworth has performed and I agree with her conclusion that grit matters more than talent. The first part of the book is an outline of the evidence she has gathered to support her theory. I found it more detailed that needed and I may have skipped ahead if I had realised how extensive her presented evidence would be. In part 2 she states that grit can be grown. Sadly the only helpful advice I gleaned was to consider resilience training through cognitive behavioral therapy. She echoes advice from 'feel the fear' and habit forming books like 'the power of habit' and 'the willpower instinct' and 'the practicing mind'. She also calls on Barbera Oakley's investigations on learning and neural plasticity with particular emphasis on deliberate practice and not allowing yourself to give up. Personally I feel Oakley's free online 'learning how to learn' course is more practical and informative. I picked up this audio book looking for practical advice. I did enjoy the book however it's more theory and examples than an outline on how to become gritty. I intend to look into resilience training through cbt and I am very grateful for Angela Duckworth's research, and particularly her TED talk. It has provided a lot of encouragement and reminded me that failure isn't final, it's an opportunity to learn.
"Excellen t Book"
A very interesting book well read by the original researcher on the subject of grit. I recommend it to everyone. One problem is noted with the audiobook though - many references are made to the accompanying PDF with this audiobook, which however is not present.
"Fantastic & inspirational"
Revelating book read by a kind voice, feels like talking to an inspirational friend! Highly recommended for those who have not yet found their calling or for those in need of motivation to keep going. Fantastic!
"Essential for parents, teachers, leaders and anyone who wants to understand achievement"
This book confounded my expectations. I didn't expect to hear so much about joy and passion. I didn't expect to see so much of myself when the author describes the pitfalls of those who don't develop enough grit at a young age. I did expect to feel a little downhearted at the end; as someone not greatly gritty I worried this would be a terrible few hours of self flagellation.
In the end I felt inspired. This book will help me to better myself and to be better at my job and as an uncle and future father.
"couldn't stop reading"
I love this book. it helps put my "chimp" to sleep. I would say I am pretty gritty. but that is because I've changed my approach recently. now I try to set goals and big picture outcomes for what I am doing. like this book is saying. even when I write code. I write down all the sections I need to write before I write anything. when I wasn't doing this. id spend a while on the first part. forget what I need to do next and then just work on refining the first part again. I liked the advice about kids as well. I don't have any but like to get advise before I have them. without this I would have sent them to do whatever they like then when they say it's hard support them by moving onto something new. that won't happen now.
"Feels like that took Grit to read."
So glad I stuck with this book. A thorough, thorough treatment of what makes a successful character. Loved it.
"Smart as heck"
Great book for soul searching, thinking, planning life. So much insight into people's struggles and efforts and how they cope. Highly recommend.
great book. lots of useful take aways. bonus points for author narrating it herself. definitely recommend for anyone interested in why some people do better than others in all walks of life.
"Getting gritty..... brilliant book"
easy listening and real doable actions and explanation to the science and behaviour behind passion and perseverance. A must read for those wishing to develop self and others.
Will read again and again. Highly recommended. A must read for achievers in any field.
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