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Grit Audiobook

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

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Publisher's Summary

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.

She reveals:

  • Why people who test high for talent often fail to achieve their potential and why people who do not test high for talent often overachieve what others expect them to do
  • How grit can be learned, whatever your IQ or circumstances
  • Why stubbornness is a key characteristic of gritty people
  • When to be stubborn and when giving up is the grittiest thing you can do
  • How gritty people found their passion and you can find yours
  • How gritty experts practise and how you can do the same in your own life
  • What the people who care about you can do to boost your grit when you need it most
  • How grit is cultivated in the highest-performing sports teams, companies and schools

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Angela Duckworth (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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    Vernon 07-15-17
    Vernon 07-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"

    This book is well worth a listen! The basic idea is simple, the character of seeing things through is vital in one's life and, importantly, you can build this skill if you don't already have it. But the book developed this simple concept in an interesting way. I loved it.

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    HTW 06-22-17
    HTW 06-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent audiobook - inspirational!"

    A really good read - I need to get the book as there are so many pointers I want to reread and memorise. 'Would have liked to hear ADD included in the discussion on grit & children. Otherwise truly inspiring!



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    Maryn 03-29-17
    Maryn 03-29-17
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    "Resonate"

    I will re-listen and maybe even also read this book many times over as it resonate so deeply with my desire to perform better and endure more.

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    Sudhirbharadhwaj 08-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great book"

    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.

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    5/21/16
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    "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.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Literary Cat Books
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    If you could sum up Grit in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ioana Nicolae
    6/10/16
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    "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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Owen Ashby
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    4/26/17
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    "Beautifully read, wonderfully written"

    A really practical and useful model, impressively well research and beautifully presented. A real find and a seminal work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • phillycat69
    4/20/17
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    "Not a lot of practical advice"

    I did enjoy the book, but is mainly theory followed by examples. There is very little practical or actionable advice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aran
    9/21/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    7/8/17
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    "A philosophy to live by and to communicate widely"


    "The challenge of writing is to see your horribleness on page to see your terribleness and then to go to bed.

    wake up the next day and take that horribleness and that terribleness and refine it.

    and make it not so terrible,

    and not so horrible,

    and then to go to bed again and come the next day and refine it a little bit more,

    and make it not so bad,

    and then go to bed the next day and do it again,

    and make it maybe average,

    and one more time.

    If your lucky.

    Maybe.

    Get to good."

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  • Michael
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    Interesting and beneficial read. It makes you understand the theory behind doing those childhood outward bound / Dofe expeditions , and to be fair its all true ! A lot of overlap with "mindset" so beneficial to read both . If grit is essential to do well , where does stopping ,reassessing and giving up when things are not serving you well /when grit is no longer the right ingredient to doing well come in ? Maybe another book carol dweck ? A must read if your needing a bit of grit in your life!

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  • Vaibhav
    3/24/17
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    "Wish to listen again n again"

    I loved the way it was narrated and explained. Author took help of stories of individuals to set the context for each chapter. I would want to listen to this book again n again

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  • roxann
    3/20/17
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    "fantastic listen"

    fanatasit book so educational and motivational, ideal for my situation as a Teachers Assistant. must read to anyone incrarge of growing minds.

    gone listen again now.

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