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Grit

The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Written by: Angela Duckworth
Narrated by: Angela Duckworth
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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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.

©2016 Angela Duckworth (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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Same conclusion with a repeated theme

While the content of this book is a good self help, the format is more research/case-by-case oriented than of a story.

Mid way you really need grit to go through this book, (maybe that was the agenda the whole time) still, must recommended.

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Repetition of the same concept over & over

Its written well, and I have no doubt how accomplished the writer is. The language and reading is flawless.
However for me, the book was long and repeated the aspects gritty individuals through various research - too predictable, without adding any real value. The grit scale was almost a no brainer. I liked the part on deliberate practice and gritty parenting. Thats why the 2 stars.
How to improve grit is covered in the summary section - last 15 mins. Too little, too late.
Wonder how is this a NYT best seller.

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Crisp and clear articulation of Grit.

Completed book in a week's time. This book shows north star for nearly every aspect of our life , be it parenting or professional aspects.

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Could use a little more content apart from Grit

Liked the book and found it Motivational. The author talks about character in the concluding chapter. I wish she'd spent some more time discussing it. Overall, there are a lot of interesting insights to take away from this book.

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An interesting one to read

well researched and well recited. loved the three concepts of power of will heart and mind..the intrapersonal interpersonal and intellectual concepts.

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good

later part is bit overstretched and repetitive...excellent content before and at start.. narration is excellent

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Amazing Book Now I have to implement what I learned

This book has given me great insight into everyday actions of my life and has shown me the purpose of what I should do and has enlightened me to change my behaviour on a daily basis in a positive way .
I’m going to try my best to put use of what this book gave me.

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Goal, aim, passion. all good do you have grit.

Grit was something new to me. I learned how it plays a important role in achieving your goal.

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awesome for people in education sector

Many great researches sunmarised in the book.. the research is conveyed in the manner that is crisp and interesting..

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Excellent book.

This book reconfirm and cement the belief that its effort, deliberate practice and consistency of purpose that makes you successful and help achieve the goal. Just winning the DNA lottery doesn't guarantee success or happiness. Thank you Angela Duckworth for the wonderful research and insights!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-05-18

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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  • Vernon
  • 15-07-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-19

The ingredient to success

To be successful it’s pretty easy follow these guidelines and work hard and proceed your goal as long as you can ...you will have success maybe not the success you start with ... but you will find something you might be right you ,,And still be successful

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  • Jaco van Niekerk
  • 28-02-19

Excellent

A have-to-read-book, especially for parents. This book will enrich your life and there is a great deal to take from it. I regret not having read/listen this much sooner.

The only criticism I have is that the book somehow makes it seem that being a paragon of grit means you have to be at the very top of your field. Sometimes being a paragon of grit is just being the very best you can be: achieving your goals, making the world a better place, aiming higher and being content and thankful for what you have. That sense of humbleness is sometimes under-stressed. Constantly being "not-good-enough" in your own eyes is going to rob you of the meaning and joy in your life. Regardless, this was an excellent book and well written and highly recommended. Would love to meat the author for a real cup of coffee!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-02-19

good book for parents too.

I really liked it. the content was good and it did not just say why it also said how to fix the problems.

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  • Frank J Pike
  • 02-02-19

A must read for anyone success at any level.

This book will quickly cause you to realize that success is not a one size fits all. Regardless of your background and current position in life you can achieve great success if want it and prepared to work for it. Thank you for writing this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-18

Great for self reflection...

I've been able to relate the studies and stories to personal life lessons and got "some explanations " regarding some "can-do" behavior I exhibit

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  • KeziaLivesLegendary
  • 02-12-18

Grit indeed

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've always believed in grit I just didn't have the word for it till coming accross Angela Duckworth. The content in the book speaks volumes. Def recommending this one

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  • Maurice
  • 19-10-18

An inspiring wealth of knowledge and insight

An inspiring wealth of knowledge and insight (including many testimonials of the application of grit) into the field of social psychology and how grit leads to success.
The book is so much more than the title.

Narrated by an author, well studied and who persevered with passion to deliver this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-10-18

A question to author of the book

First of all a great book.

The question is what is the difference between Grit and Stubbornness?

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  • Ezri Dax
  • 21-05-16

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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  • Neel
  • 21-08-17

Lots of grit needed to listen through the tedium

Would you try another book written by Angela Duckworth or narrated by Angela Duckworth?

Not in the audible format but perhaps in paper/kindle form.

What could Angela Duckworth have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less personal anecdotes and a more balanced overview of the counterarguments rather than the feel of 'gospel' that is preached here. A wider set of examples too, as predominantly the ones recited were rather academic.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Angela Duckworth?

Perhaps a professional narrator. Brilliant academics might not necessarily be brilliant narrators.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes- There were some fascinating studies that were discussed and well researched. There was plenty of detail and plenty of hours to listen to, which is value for money for the credits. There was certainly a real human element to the stories that would appeal to many readers (just not what I personally was looking for). The issue was the repetition of many key points. If the book was edited somewhat and abridged, it would have made a sharper, more incisive read and carried more weight. There were definitely some takeaways from the book

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  • Aran
  • 21-09-16

Essential for parents, teachers, leaders and anyone who wants to understand achievement

This book confounded my expectations. I didn't expect to hear so much about joy and passion. I didn't expect to see so much of myself when the author describes the pitfalls of those who don't develop enough grit at a young age. I did expect to feel a little downhearted at the end; as someone not greatly gritty I worried this would be a terrible few hours of self flagellation.

In the end I felt inspired. This book will help me to better myself and to be better at my job and as an uncle and future father.

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  • Ioana Nicolae
  • 10-06-16

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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  • Pieter van Woerkom
  • 13-05-16

Excellen t Book

If you could sum up Grit in three words, what would they be?

A very interesting book well read by the original researcher on the subject of grit. I recommend it to everyone. One problem is noted with the audiobook though - many references are made to the accompanying PDF with this audiobook, which however is not present.

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  • Hedgefox
  • 20-04-17

Not a lot of practical advice

I did enjoy the book, but is mainly theory followed by examples. There is very little practical or actionable advice.

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  • JedHoll
  • 02-10-17

Exceptional book - highly recommend

This book is well written with refreshingly new ideas. It is devoid of the cliches of this genre. It provides reasoned and often evidenced based arguments for what it professes. There are few who would not both enjoy and benefit from this book.

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  • nadim
  • 14-09-17

fantastic insights into grit

great book ..really gives an insight into grot and presevernace and what makes people carry on and others stop

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  • Rob
  • 13-08-17

Boring

This book was slow, dull and lacking insight. The narration wasn't pleasing to the ear and the style of writing was awkward. Fairly simple points made laboriously. Didn't listen to the end.

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  • Avid Reader
  • 09-07-18

Great!

Goes into much more detail than any talks, interviews or articles you might have read. Includes specific, actionable advice. Littered with anecdotes, research references and examples. Definitely a recommended read for anyone with an interest in the effects of perseverance and passion, and how to grow these for ourselves and others.

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  • Libby
  • 14-10-16

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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  • Alan
  • 08-07-17

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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  • Janet
  • 08-06-17

Good audio and reading, repetitive writing

I started with hope, found the repetitive message frustrating a third of the way in, and gave up half way through. Upside? Good audio quality and reading.

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  • Tess
  • 01-09-16

Great Book

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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  • James
  • 30-11-16

Fascinating book

This book is one of the most motivating books I have read. It has really put into perspective how to attain my goals and unlike other books on the subject is far more applicable than most which only emphasise monetary success in sales roles (something I care nothing for).

I read a review beneath warning not to purchase this book due to some of the references referring to studies conducted on animals. I myself am a vegan and I would not let this discourage others who care for animal welfare as the author themselves did not conduct this research but simply references this. Furthermore it only forms a small portion of the book; veganism is about minimising as much as possible the suffering of animals, however, it emphasises intention over perfection; not complete abandon. Does the person who posted the review below not use medication as all medication has been tested on animals too?

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  • Li
  • 19-09-16

Insightful, systematic, and entertaining

One of the best audiobooks that I will listen again and again. The book is informative, instructive, and inspiring. Packed with systematic research, genuine sharings, and concrete examples, this book delivers thought-provking insights about how we excel at the things we love to do. Highly recommended if you are finding meanings of life or a path to success.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-19

No thanks

I really gave this book the time and space to listen. Found it really boring and hard to listen to. Not my favourite. Sorry

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-19

Grit is great but would like more actionables

Angela helps to dispel limiting beliefs around human potential and provides great theories about raising your children, but I didn't feel like I knew how to cultivate grit after reading it

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  • Geoffrey Fouracre
  • 02-11-19

Should be read by everyone

I wish I had read this book at the age of 18. Brilliant and honestly written and beautifully narrated. Well done Angela Duckworth!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-19

Absolutely amazing!!!!

I should have read this book earlier in my life!! Must read and share with your kids!!!