Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

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In her instant, multi-month New York Times bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the name of the game to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” “Inspiration for non-geniuses in every single place” (People).

The daughter of a scientist who regularly noted her lack of “genius,” Angela Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor. It was her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience that led to her hypothesis about what in point of fact drives success: not genius, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.

In Grit, she takes us into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in probably the most toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what may also be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. In spite of everything, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.

“Duckworth’s ideas about the cultivation of tenacity have clearly changed some lives for the better” (The New York Times Book Review). Among Grit’s most valuable insights: any effort you make in the end counts twice toward your goal; grit may also be learned, regardless of IQ or circumstances; in the case of child-rearing, neither a warm embrace nor high standards will work by themselves; how to trigger lifelong interest; the magic of the Hard Thing Rule; and so much more. Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes the entire difference. This is “a fascinating tour of the psychological research on success” (The Wall Street Journal).

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