Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Written By: Angela Duckworth
Read By: Angela Duckworth
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Publisher’s Summary: 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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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance: Angela Duckworth
Audio Book Summary
Angela Lee Duckworth, management consultant and psychologist, explores the value of diligence in ‘Grit. The power of passion and perseveranceDefends the idea that the secret of success is not based on talent or luck (although they may influence a little), but on other qualities, for this researcher the key to success is a mixture of Passion, Perseverance and Courage: Grit “. It is the ability to choose a goal and constantly strive to achieve it in the long term.
That is why people with a high Grit are those who: 1) know very well what they want, 2) are tenacious, insistent, to get it.
The Grit is developed as we discover our philosophy of life, we overcome rejections and disappointments, and we learn to distinguish lower-level goals that we must quickly abandon those higher-level goals that require more tenacity.The predictive power of constancy, says Duckworth, is astounding.
Consistency is understood as a “continuous and determined commitment with certain types of activities as opposed to sporadic efforts in various areas”. That is why, according to her, “the greater the Grit of a person, the less changes in his career usually do
Duckworth’s book basically defends two theses: 1) That Grit is one of the most important predictors of success in any field, 2) That we all have the possibility and ability to increase our Grit.
According to the author and teacher, four components are required to develop this tenacity: Interest, Practice, Purpose and Hope
Interest refers to really wanting to get something, practice, to that daily discipline of trying to do things better than the day before,Purpose. Your passion increases with being convinced that your work is important, has to do with vocation.Hope refers to believing that you can, not lose faith in yourself.
In short, Grit is to have resistance, is to cling to the future, day after day; Not just for a week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future come true. Not everyone has this virtue. Some people are successful with the wind in their favor but they are disrupted in adversity. That is why it is important to stand and follow after failure.
About the book, Angela Duckworth writes: “This book has been my way of taking you out for a coffee and telling you what I know.” ,
It feels like just that, a friend telling you what has worked for her and thousands more to be more successful in what they want and to be happier, it is your decision to put it into practice or not