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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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Angela shared her research on this subject well as well as supported by her stories. Definitely a must-read for everyone in this new generation, where most things are provided and taken for granted.
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.
41 of 41 people found this review helpful
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!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Loved this. Would recommend it to any sports person because of its relevance and it made me step back and look at my own "grit"
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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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful