Grit came highly recommended by several people and a couple of our members suggested we take this on. Grit has over 300 reviews with over 4.5 stars in Amazon, so why not?
From the Amazon book synopsis page:
In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”
Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Duckworth, now a celebrated researcher and professor, describes her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.
In Grit, she takes readers 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.
Among Grit’s most valuable insights:
*Why any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal
*How grit can be learned, regardless of I.Q. or circumstances
*How lifelong interest is triggered
*How much of optimal practice is suffering and how much ecstasy
*Which is better for your child—a warm embrace or high standards
*The magic of the Hard Thing Rule
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.
Like The Power of Habit, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance has a lot of additional in-depth resources associated with it that will come in handy as we read the book. You can check out Angela Duckworth's website where you'll find the "Grit Scale" a short 10 question quiz that will help you determine how you stack up as well as many of her videos and media appearances. Here's a good introduction to the book and Angela's work:
If you'd like to follow along, here's how we decided to break down the book.
- Week 1 Part 1
- Week 2 Part 2
- Week 3 Part 3
- Week 4 Wrap-up
You can come and join us each Wednesday for lunch and discussion. All the details are on our Meetup page here.
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