- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Vermilion (4 May 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785040200
- ISBN-13: 978-1785040207
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 705 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)
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The problem that I had with this piece of work is that while it contains some novel and intriguing concepts and arguments, everything feels jumbled and incoherent. She tends to ramble and digress too much. More discipline needed to be applied to each chapter so that her ideas could be presented with more clarity and structure. Her central argument that grit is the most important human trait in achieving success is a compelling one, but the way everything was presented was, for me, a bit shoddy.
For instance, what does the word "grit" actually mean to this writer? Is it just working hard? Is it getting up after being knocked down by failure? Or is it fighting on to see something through to the end? Angela Duckworth never actually defines what she believes grit to really be; she should have done so. I actually don't like the word "grit". I much prefer the word "resilience"; this word is less ambiguous than its four-letter synonym. And for me it's a word I more associate with success. Resilience is the ability to survive and even prosper even when under the most severe pressure.
I'm a biography addict. I've read scores of books about successful people. Here are the qualities which I've observed in EVERY successful person:
1. They are workaholics who have spent thousands of hours getting to the top and then spend even more time staying there.
2. They are passionate about their work.
3. They are perfectionists.
4. They are resilient: when they have failed they are able to recover from the setback and not be destroyed by it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
There's nothing scientific in this book and it is insulting to read!
Apparently Grit involves doing something you love? Read more
I found this book very inspiring and it will stay with me for a long time. In fact I may well read it a second time once I've had time to absorb the contents and think it through... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Val Robson
The key message in this book: It is true that you should do something you love, but the fact is that you will always hit rough patches. Read morePublished 16 days ago by SirChutney
This book talks sense and is I think essential reading for parents of teenagers and parents in general. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Liz Brant
There are some decent points, but the overall book lacks structure and a clear foundation and method. It's ego boosting, grade fanatics and quotes from fancy sources. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Almasi
Wonderful. Finished in 2 days. It brings to light and provides a scientific explanation for things we know intuitively. Gripping from the first page.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Quite a lot of repetition here and not as much Grit as I imagined there would be. It was a little hard to keep this one going. An easy self help read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sinéad McKenna