Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

by Angela Duckworth


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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I took so many tidbits, so many aha moments. I’m reading it over again to see what more gems I can find.
TheBookishGirl More than 1 year ago
This is such a fascinating concept. One that was introduced to me in my developmental psychology class at University. It really was a fascinating book that intrigued me and surprised me. I really was sort of skeptical of how all this worked at first, and really thought that everything in this book would be relatively common knowledge. What surprised the most was how much I genuinely enjoyed reading about the research conducted on how important effort and perseverance is to being successful. Sure, at the surface this is such a basic concept, but the book and study really dives to the nitty-gritty scientifically on how we become successful and maintain it. I really believe the point of this research at first was to figure out how people become successful. Is it a deck of cards, a mix of our upbringing and resources given to us. Or by chance to we actually, make our own success? What role does luck play into all this? "You can grow your grit 'from the inside out': You can cultivate your interests. You can develop a habit of daily challenge-exceeding-skill practice. You can connect your work to a purpose beyond yourself. And you can learn to hope when all seems lost. You can also grow your grit 'from the outside in.' Parents, coaches, teachers, bosses, mentors, friends -- developing your personal grit depends critically on other people." That's where the book grit comes in. Duckworth calls perseverance and effort, grit. A gritty person is just simply someone that puts in a ton of effort, never gives up, and tries their best. In the end, her findings are that so-called natural talent can be helpful, but ultimately, of course, effort matters more. When you learn about developmental psychology, the topic of education often plays a prominent role. The current education research is almost solely based on grit. An example would be how grittier students do better, how effort matters, how teachers can cultivate grit and develop a better learning approach. Duckworth also stresses that it really isn't about those pieces of paper or grades, it's about what you really enjoy. I really enjoyed how this book explores the way so-called "gritty" people feel on some topics. Such as missions, or purposes in life. About how your mission outlook will directly affect your work. As a person hopefully going into the field of psychology, this was truly a fascinating topic. Also. One of my favorite parts of this book is when the author uses a humblebrag as a rhetorical device, "My dad always told me I was no genius. Then I won a MacArthur Fellowship 'Genius Grant' on my research showing that hard work is more crucial to success than genius." This made me laugh a lot. The author is a little quick to pat herself on the back, it is amazing that she got an Ivy League education, but maybe she doesn't need to reference it so often in her book. There is a little name-dropping in this book, but it doesn't take away from the research and point in my opinion. With all these useful features it is important to point out areas I feel this book could have improved on. So one of the biggest problems this book has, and a lot of psychology, self-help, productivity based books have is that they are repetitive. It is sort of a trap they fall into. They are really trying to prove their point, so they just say the same thing, over and over, again. Along the same line, this book gets a little "coach-y" it becomes a little fake and sugary at times. It isn't some
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the book did justice to the points and key takeaways it was trying to prove. Through the use of examples from plenty of different people with different ideals and philsophies. Only criticism I have about the book is how repetitive it is with the point it is trying to make about grit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! She has done a lot of research looking into what makes people successful. I can't wait until she does more research on how to build grit and publishes her next book!