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Grit - Angela Duckworth


By Angela Duckworth

  • Release Date: 2016-05-03
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4.5
From 434 Ratings


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).


  • GRIT

    By Globall giving
    Had a hard time sticking with it. ......:) Kidding, was a awesome book on perseverance
  • Now I know

    By wjb2907
    She describes an experiment that electrocutes dogs trapped in kennels in order to collect data on the state of hopelessness. This could have and should have been left out of this book. Disgusting and in humane.
  • A Masterpiece!

    By Big_T27
    This book was recommended to me by one of the department heads at my University. As a budding psychologist I found the research and data captivating, and as an avid reader I found the writing captivating. This is a must read for anyone aspiring for to become grittier.
  • Great book but very repetitive

    By Jamara99
    I wouldn’t even advise any to read this book past chapter 5! It’s the same info over and over. This is more of a motivational book for a struggling college student. I do love the message: Find your passion and perfect it, but you do have to work hard for it
  • Awesome

    By Samrat221b
    Its great
  • Very detailed!

    By Kyle U.
    Loved the book and would definitely recommend. It took me awhile to get through it however because, to me, it’s very dense — packed with information.
  • GRIT

    By WillWallDG
    Fantastic! Thank you for all the hard work!
  • Interesting, but incomplete

    By elemgee
    I’m not suggesting this book needs to be comprehensive in its treatment of motivation and intent, but it seems to assume an environment that is conducive to grit and offers little discussion of developing grit in circumstances where it doesn’t already exist (at least to some degree). Maybe grit is like yogurt. You need some to get more, but there is a need for examining how grit can arise in new generations where the environment isn’t primed.
  • Excellent read with clear concise insights

    By 30MinutesA_Day
    Angela Duckworth’s writing brings clear images to the forefront of our minds. We get to experience aha moments as she connects the dots. This book should be at the top of anyone’s list that is looking for a better understanding of how to achieve more for themselves or others around them.
  • Mr. Cargile made me read this

    By Gggjnfr