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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
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (356 ratings)

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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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Transformational

Loved it. It will change your course of action if you are struggling at something!

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A gift for yourself and to give to others.

I had come across the TED Talk first and wasn't sure how much interesting the book would be. However, I am glad I went for it.
The thing I liked about the book on Audible is not that it provides a dramatic revelation on the topic but took me on a journey to explore the topic and made me think along the way. There were snippets which were aligned to what I have heard growing up but more importantly opens up aspects I can hand over to my teenage son. Things I can share with other parents and colleagues.
I guess I will keep referring to this book in years to come.

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A valuable truism that could have been a tweet

I was excited to read this book, but it was full of obvious statements and examples cherry picked to validate the author's attempt at repackaging a timeless virtue. It took Grit to finish the book and, while there were some useful nuggets, it has made me realize that I need to be wiser about the things I start and definitely more discreet about where I use grit to finish the wrong task.

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Grit Audible a great experience

It was a good experience to listen through audible looking forward for similar books.

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Eye-opening and inspiring

I was wondering if I was wired wrong and that is why I always quit prematurely. this book has given me well-researched insight and a direction to develop myself to be more persistent

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Worth the value.

Loved the overall message and the value that the book provided me I struggled to finish it though but had to grit through it and was worth the while.

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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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a good book

a good book and lots of research done by author. just a bit long

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incredible Insights

Angela has put together a masterpiece, replete with studies and facts. the icing is the author narrating this ebook. brings out her passionate interest in the subject

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Every parent should read this.

This book has some valuable advice for all young parents. You get good directions on how to handle young children.

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-11-21

Everyone should read this

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve recommended this book to my friends and family. Everyone who wants more meaning and success out of their lives should read this.

I especially feel like parents, students, recent graduates and people in startups would find this book helpful. I’m so grateful for having come across this great gem. Thanks Angela!

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  • Geraldine W.
  • 24-08-21

Inspiring and making me want to do more

Loved the book and it really inspired me to apply more grit in my life!

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  • Carl du Plessis
  • 24-08-21

wonderfully insightful

Well written with a wonderful balance between personal experience and research/literature. Each section is cemented with a case study or personal experience which makes it that much more digestible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-21

Well written

A well written book with good anecdotes and practical application steps to apply the learnings obtained

Bravo

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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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  • 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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  • Pete
  • 07-03-18

An insight for this generation

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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mr. Owen Ashby
  • 26-04-17

Beautifully read, wonderfully written

A really practical and useful model, impressively well research and beautifully presented. A real find and a seminal work.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • q
  • 13-06-16

As soon as a book quotes...

As soon as a book quotes testing on animals from some study (that tortured animals for the purpose of obtaining absolutely useless information), I wish I never bought it.

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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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  • J
  • 26-01-20

Took all my grit to finish it

Should have been 2 hours long, if you want to hear endless scientific laboratory mice test results with very minimal useful information this book is for you.

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  • Meg
  • 05-05-18

Some interesting points

I must say, this book was hard going for me. I think I found a lot of the content to be dry due to all of the references to studies. I did find sections of the book interesting but would it is not a book I would recommend as inspiring.

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  • Natalee
  • 26-01-18

Boring

I couldn't finish it.... don't think I learned anything unfortunately. Was quite bored and had to force myself to listen to 5 chapters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-06-17

Grit magically predicts everything...not even a predicting score is given...

Only managed to get to the end of chapter 2...
The essence of the book is - talented people always fail, not talented persevere more thus succeed. And you can predict who will succeed no problem with a "grit test"

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