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Publisher's Summary

Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while other far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things? The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a passionate persistence. In other words, grit.
MacArthur Genius Award-winning psychologist Angela Duckworth shares fascinating new revelations about who succeeds in life and why. Based on her cutting-edge research, Duckworth shows how many people achieve remarkable things not just by relying on innate natural talent but by practising what she calls grit. She then offers a Grit Formula to help anyone to become grittier, focusing on six key factors: hope, effort, precision, passion, ritual and prioritisation.
She reveals:



Why people who test high for talent often fail to achieve their potential and why people who do not test high for talent often overachieve what others expect them to do
How grit can be learned, whatever your IQ or circumstances
Why stubbornness is a key characteristic of gritty people
When to be stubborn and when giving up is the grittiest thing you can do
How gritty people found their passion and you can find yours
How gritty experts practise and how you can do the same in your own life
What the people who care about you can do to boost your grit when you need it most
How grit is cultivated in the highest-performing sports teams, companies and schools

Leaping past clichés such as 'success is all about hard work', Grit offers a fresh and motivating way to climb to heights far beyond what natural talent would predict.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Angela Duckworth (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
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By Vernon on 07-15-17

Great book

This book is well worth a listen! The basic idea is simple, the character of seeing things through is vital in one's life and, importantly, you can build this skill if you don't already have it. But the book developed this simple concept in an interesting way. I loved it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

fantastic book.

I found this book compelling, I am glad I read it and I have recommended it to my family. I will be implementing what I have learned.

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By Ezri Dax on 05-21-16

I found the Ted talk more helpful

I have every respect for the investigations Angela Duckworth has performed and I agree with her conclusion that grit matters more than talent. The first part of the book is an outline of the evidence she has gathered to support her theory. I found it more detailed that needed and I may have skipped ahead if I had realised how extensive her presented evidence would be. In part 2 she states that grit can be grown. Sadly the only helpful advice I gleaned was to consider resilience training through cognitive behavioral therapy. She echoes advice from 'feel the fear' and habit forming books like 'the power of habit' and 'the willpower instinct' and 'the practicing mind'. She also calls on Barbera Oakley's investigations on learning and neural plasticity with particular emphasis on deliberate practice and not allowing yourself to give up. Personally I feel Oakley's free online 'learning how to learn' course is more practical and informative. I picked up this audio book looking for practical advice. I did enjoy the book however it's more theory and examples than an outline on how to become gritty. I intend to look into resilience training through cbt and I am very grateful for Angela Duckworth's research, and particularly her TED talk. It has provided a lot of encouragement and reminded me that failure isn't final, it's an opportunity to learn.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ioana Nicolae on 06-10-16

Fantastic & inspirational

Revelating book read by a kind voice, feels like talking to an inspirational friend! Highly recommended for those who have not yet found their calling or for those in need of motivation to keep going. Fantastic!

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By Alan on 07-08-17

Simply excellent

Where does Grit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best audiobook I have listened to without doubt. Evidence based, full of research, no false 'you can do it' platitudes. just facts based in science and supported by engaging anecdotes. Anyone wanting a primer in Positive Psychology needs to fead/listen to this book.

What other book might you compare Grit to, and why?

Peak by Anders Erikson - Duckworth refers to deliberate practice as a necessary ingredient for passion and perseverance and has worked with Anders Erikson. Similarly I would reccomend Flow by Csikszentmihalyi and Mindset by Carol Dweck.

What does Angela Duckworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Engagement. I have read the book but wanted to hear the story of her research in her voice. She brings her theory of Grit to life

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How to conquer the Beast and the Bee

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the real path to excellence - simple but definitely not easy. If you're up for the hard yards this is the real Secret.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Libby on 10-14-16

Utterly thought provoking

Really loved this book with all it's studies intermingled with absorbing relatable examples of grit in action.
I've been excitedly sharing as with colleagues, family and my leadership group as I progressed. actually sad to be done....might just jump right back in

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