Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success by Angela Duckworth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I kept reading great reviews about Angela Duckworth's book so finally decided to pick it up, and although it wasn't a quick read, it was a very worthwhile one.
The entire premise of the book is that it's not talent or luck that brings success; instead, it's a combination of passion and perseverance—which Angela calls grit. And lucky for us, one can further develop one's grit.
All this begins with finding something you're interested in, which is helped by it having deeper meaning and/or helping others. But unless you're interested in the thing, there is much less likelihood you'll persevere through the natural ups and downs and the work required—the disciplined practice required—until you get good enough to succeed.
Angela has many first-hand anecdotes from studies and interviews, plus brings in other related theories such as Dweck's theory on a fixed versus growth mindset. She also ends off the book with how we can inspire our children, students, or employees to build more grit and how we can develop a gritty culture.
I am still thinking through all the practical applications of what Angela shared and highly recommend this to anyone who wants to succeed or help someone else succeed. And isn't that all of us?