The Power of Passion and Perseverance
On Sale: May 3, 2016
Hardcover / e-Book
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Non-Fiction | Self-Help
n this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed,
pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents,
students, educators, athletes, and business people—both
seasoned and new—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
Among Grit’s most valuable insights:
*Why any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your
*How grit can be learned, regardless of I.Q. or
*How lifelong interest is triggered
*How much of optimal practice is suffering and how much
*Which is better for your child—a warm embrace or high
*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.
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