The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Book - 2016
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., 2016.
Edition: First Canadian edition.
ISBN: 9781443442312
Characteristics: xv, 333 pages : charts, illustrations ; 24 cm


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Dec 24, 2018

I love this book. Thanks to my friend who gave this book to me. I believe that every one who reads this book will learn some actionable idea to apply to what you are doing right now. If you are looking for a way to transform yourself to become "that person" you are hoping for, you have to read this book. For all the parents out there, Chapter 10 is a must.

Jan 16, 2018

One of the most moving self-help books I've ever read. Angela Duckworth has made me feel that all dreams are possible, and not only that, but a method to making them so. Every page of this book felt like a revelation, in an applicable, concrete way. Loved it!

Cynthia_N Nov 10, 2017

Quite an interesting book! And it just made so much sense. It often takes more than just talent or desire to be successful during the hard times or even to just continue on during the hard times. Some of the studies she refers to had me concerned... one where dogs are shocked randomly and one where young children watch adults play with toys and then beat a doll?! Overall though a good read!

Jul 07, 2017

The book is a really nice read.

Message of the book is really "simple" and is not something new. Having said that, Author's passion for the subject and the scientific data explaining a known concept is really a treat.

In general I recommend it to everyone and definitely recommend it to the School going kids.

ser_library Apr 22, 2017

interesting book with one point, and many examples. It was a quick read for me.

Dec 15, 2016

This is a must-read especially for elementary school teachers. Talent is not the key to success-- passion and perseverance are. Having GRIT is a key to success not only in school but in life. Too many people quit when the going gets tough. Grit lets you know there are rewards after years of sustained effort and a never quit attitude. Well written and easy to read. Real life examples really put the exclamation mark on this book.

Nov 08, 2016

Such a good book. Anyone would like to argue how important an extra curriculum for kids should read this book. Any sport coach and teacher should read this book. I'm reading it because I'm a parent and I would like to find my own goal.

Aug 16, 2016

A well written guide to the author's 'grit studies' thus far; I really admired Angela Duckworth's sincerity and passion for her subject. It was sometimes uncomfortable reading though - for the way 'grit paragons' defined success (I was at odds) and the stark evidence about equality of opportunity for young people to learn hard things, with the support of mentors or family... the last chapter does a great job of bringing you back to the main points and restoring hope.

Jul 30, 2016

This book was so good that I kept reading out sections of it to my husband. Ultimately he promised to read it. Now I feel I should copy sections of it for my own use later. Angela Duckworth shatters the myth that it is special talent that leads to excellence in any field. Instead she proposes and proves with deep research that it is grit with passion and perseverance that takes you to the top. A must read for just about anybody.

Jul 30, 2016

This book is excellent! The author makes the point that most achievement is based on grit (perseverance and passion) rather than mere talent. She tells us how to evaluate our own grit, and how to foster grit in children and others. Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks is a shining example of grit and how to teach grit. It is also easier to learn and practice grit in a team setting than solo; it helps to have examples all around you and reinforcement of gritty behavior. I you want to be successful, or to raise your children to be successful, please read this book!

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