p>In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, athletes, students, and business people-both seasoned and new-that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called “grit.”Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur “genius” Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments.

Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently bemoaned her lack of smarts, Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. As a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth created her own “character lab” and set out to test her theory.

Here, she takes readers into the field to visit teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers-from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to the cartoon editor of The New Yorker to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.

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 all the difference.

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  • Alex
    Feb 1, 2017


    De Gritfactor is een aanrader voor wie het meeste uit zichzelf en anderen wil halen. Dat kan zijn persoonlijk of professioneel, maar eigenlijk zijn die onlosmakelijk verbonden. De GritfactorWaarom hebben getalenteerde mensen vaak moeite om hun doelen te bereiken terwijl minder begaafde...

  • Vish Chap
    Jan 31, 2017

    Vish Chap

    In Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth discusses her research into the characteristics of successful people. She argues that innate talent is less important to success than the willingness to persevere despite difficulty and initial failure.People tend to beli...

  • Elizabeth☮
    Jan 21, 2017


    I loved the lessons in this book. If you haven't seen Duckworth's ted talk, find it now. This is pretty straight forward: you need grit to be successful. It is a bit more nuanced and Duckworth interviews various people in various professions that have all become successful because they...

  • Alicia
    Jan 20, 2017


    A typical social science book aimed at the masses that gives me some science and insight into a topic I want to investigate. For Duckworth's work, she's interested in what keeps people moving forward and trying to name what grit is. Grit is the combination of passion and perseverance. ...

  • David Yoon
    Jan 3, 2017

    David Yoon

    A fascinating exploration of Grit. There’s even a Grit questionnaire to assess how gritty you are. I’m moderately gritty BTW - happily mediocre. I’m aware I could be grittier and resolve to do so, but then I’ve already moved on to the next book. I like the idea thou...

  • Leslie
    Dec 28, 2016


    I liked this book! The author is engaging and it was interesting and enjoyable to read. It makes for a good trilogy of sorts along with Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength and Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals I'm not positive how many practical takeaways there are (...

  • Nick
    Nov 23, 2016


    And important book, especially for parents and teachers. I see the lack of grit in our society as a huge problem. This book offers helpful suggestions to getting more grit into our own lives and the lives of our children. ...

  • Jennifer
    Oct 22, 2016


    "As much as talent counts, effort counts twice."Professor and MacArthur Award winner Angela Duckworth has entered the "talent vs. effort" discussion with years of research showing that dedicated effort -- what she calls "grit"-- is far more important to success than any innate talent. ...

  • Kevin Kuhn
    Oct 16, 2016

    Kevin Kuhn

    A thorough examination of perseverance, passion and success. At times, it felt redundant and slow. But ultimately, enough insights and interesting stories to make this a strong study of the meaning and value of "Grit". ...

  • Suzanne
    Oct 10, 2016


    Disappointed to read this in the acknowledgments:"First and foremost, I want to thank my collaborators. I wrote this book in the first-person singular, using "I" when, in fact, pretty much everything I've done as a researcher or writer was accomplished by a plurality. The "we" who dese...