Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success
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Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success


In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, 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.

Title:Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Audiobook

    Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success Reviews

  • Elliot
    May 29, 2016

    I've been a fan of Dr. Duckworth and her research since long before she became famous, so it's hard to overstate my disappointment with this title. The fundamental problem with the book is that instea...

  • Andrew
    Mar 12, 2016

    It was hard to pay attention to or stick with because most of the chapters seemed the same.But perhaps I haven't learned enough grittiness yet....

  • Brandon
    May 09, 2016

    Ultimately, there's not much new in this latest entry in the personal improvement genre. I had high hopes for this book, initially believing that it would have new (to me) insights along the lines of ...

  • Jason
    Jul 01, 2016

    This book may be the first to employ the humblebrag as a rhetorical device. Roughly: "My dad always told me I was no genius. Then I won a MacArthur Fellowship 'Genius Grant' on my research showing tha...

  • 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 ...

  • Sophie
    Jun 25, 2016

    The writer comes across as self-righteous and talks too much about sport. However, I thought it worth reading for chapter 6 on "Interest" - her comments on following your passion are quite nuanced....

  • Ana Marlatt
    Jul 21, 2016

    For the many critics of Duckworth and her theory of Grit, I say: read this book. You will not find anywhere here that Grit is about "sucking it up and getting it done". Angela Duckworth writes: "This ...

  • Jennifer Maloney
    Jun 29, 2016

    When she was a child, Ms. Duckworth’s father reminded her regularly that she was no genius. She proved him wrong, winning a MacArthur “genius” grant, ironically, for research showing that succes...

  • Donna
    Sep 11, 2016

    I liked this approach to GRIT. This is nonfiction and when I counted how many discs this was for the audio, I thought it was going to feel so, so long...but it didn't. I found this fascinating. I'm no...

  • Lisa
    Sep 05, 2016

    A fascinating and highly readable study of success — and failure. What makes some of us stick to our dreams through trials, tribulations, and failures? What makes others of us just give up? How do w...

About Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth, PhD, is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. An expert in non-I.Q. competencies, she has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Prior to her career in research, she taught children math and science and was the founder of a summer school for low-income children that won the Better Governme