- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Vermilion (4 May 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781785040207
- ISBN-13: 978-1785040207
- ASIN: 1785040200
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Customer Reviews: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Grit: Why passion and resilience are the secrets to success Paperback – 4 May 2017
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GRIT is a persuasive and fascinating response to the cult of IQ fundamentalism. Duckworth reminds us that it is character and perseverance that set the successful apart. (Malcolm Gladwell)
Impressively fresh and original … GRIT scrubs away preconceptions about how far our potential can take us. And it solves the riddle of how those not likely to succeed in fact do. Buy this, send copies to your friends, and tell the world that there is, in fact, hope. We can all dazzle. (Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author)
At a time when our collective notion of success has shrunk to the point of being unrecognizable, Angela Duckworth arrives to restore it. With a mix of masterful storytelling and the latest science, she shows that perseverance and passion matter at least as much as talent and intelligence. And far from simply urging us to work harder for the sake of working harder, Grit offers a truly sane perspective: that true success comes when we devote ourselves to endeavors that give us joy and purpose.(Arianna Huffington, bestselling author of Thrive)
This book will change your life. Fascinating, rigorous, and practical, Grit is destined to be a classic in the literature of success. (Dan Heath, bestselling co-author of Made to Stick, Switch and Decisive)
Angela Duckworth has written a contemporary classic - a clarifying and deeply-researched book in the tradition of Stephen Covey and Carol Dweck. For anyone hoping to work smarter or live better, GRIT is an essential - and perhaps life-changing - read.(Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell is Human)
About the Author
Dr Angela Duckworth is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an expert in non-IQ competencies, including grit and self-control. A highly sought-after international speaker, her TED talk on grit has been viewed by over 10 million people.
Duckworth’s hypothesis that the real guarantor of success may not be inborn talent but a special blend of resilience and single-mindedness grew out of her upbringing: as a child her scientist father lovingly bemoaned the fact his daughter was ‘no genius’. Duckworth was determined to prove him wrong and spent her youth smashing through every academic barrier. As an adult she became focused on proving her theory and to find out if grit can be learned or cultivated. It was out of this that she created her own Character Lab at the University of Pennsylvania.
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1.If you think of the overall well-being of people around you, you tend to be more successful in the long run
2.Deliberate practice makes you better at a skill
3.While learning something different, the first stage of introduction needs to be interesting and playful, strenuous efforts are required at a later stage
For finding these takeaways, you need to pass through the vast jungle of psychology study and data. On certain occasions it feels like research has been done for certain evident things also. This makes it boring on certain occasions.
However, it is an intelligent book challenging conventional wisdom and places the required prerogative on the importance of efforts above everything else.
The other interesting aspect is that she takes in research from other psychologists and gives a assortment of research that is coherent. Brilliant !
It's really one of those books which I personally count among the classic self-help gems including "Think and grow rich" and "How to win friends and influence people"; and it is a book going to be on my desk for times to come.
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The section on developing your own grit, or fostering it in others, gives practical and action-based advice.