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Grit - Angela Duckworth


By Angela Duckworth

  • Release Date: 2016-05-03
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4.5
From 551 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).


  • 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 to become grittier.
  • Grit Test

    By Ruppe55
    I love this and plan to use it for new Team Members when interviewing! Thank you!
  • Great book

    By ar raf
    Used empirical evidence broad trends and case studies
  • Beautiful book

    Changed my perspective on a lot of things.
  • Would not recommend

    By ig igxkgxih
    Very long and hard to understand Would not have read past the first page if it wasn’t Assigned for school
  • Grit

    By tbass1
    Good read. Good for self reflection and insights into formulas for success.
  • Excellent

    By BahatiMomo
    I ❤️ this book! I now feel like I know Angela Duckworth. This book is like a manifesto.
  • I learned a lot

    By Joey eckersen
    This book is a wonderful blueprint for how to better pursue your goals. Highly recommended!
  • 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.