Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Version: Unabridged
Author: Angela Duckworth
Narrator: Angela Duckworth
Genres: Non-Fiction, Self Development, Psychology
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: May 2016
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 22 minutes
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Overview

In this instant New York Times bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” “Inspiration for non-geniuses everywhere” (People).

The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Angela Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor. It was her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience that led to her hypothesis about what really drives success: not genius, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.

In Grit, she takes us into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, 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 New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.

“Duckworth’s ideas about the cultivation of tenacity have clearly changed some lives for the better” (The New York Times Book Review). Among Grit’s most valuable insights: any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal; grit can be learned, regardless of IQ or circumstances; when it comes to child-rearing, neither a warm embrace nor high standards will work by themselves; how to trigger lifelong interest; the magic of the Hard Thing Rule; and so much more. 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. This is “a fascinating tour of the psychological research on success” (The Wall Street Journal).

Reviews (8)

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Written by David A. on August 9th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book with amazing insight. A great way to understand a growth mindset.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Written by Dawson T. on August 5th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Interesting and motivational book to help understand the importance of perseverance.

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Written by Adan R on April 10th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great insights!!

Great book

Written by Vernon W on March 9th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

this book is awesome!

Written by Igor S on August 2nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book may help you to improve your life, attain your goals, and become a better person.

Written by Jenny G on April 8th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Insightful and interesting. I love how Duckworth weaves her own grit story into countless other examples. I also appreciate that this book is written based on logic and scientific studies but it's worded in a way that anyone could appreciate.

Written by Adam Reiser on January 17th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fantastic. Great motivator to work harder in life, be less worried about talents I don't have.

Written by Alycyn Keeling on July 10th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fantastic book! It includes good research to support the content, stories that keep the subject interesting , and it should challenge any reader to work to discover their own interests, develop grit and help others do the same.

Author Details

Author Details

Duckworth, Angela

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 was an award-winning math and science teacher as well as the founder of a summer school for low-income children that won the Better Government Award from the state of Massachusetts. She completed her BA in neurobiology at Harvard, her MSc in neuroscience at Oxford, and her PhD in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. More recently, she founded the Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development in children. "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" is her first book.