|BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Personal Success
|PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
|PSYCHOLOGY / General
|8.00in x 5.31in x 0.68in
|From The Publisher*
An instant fixture on the New York Times bestseller list, Angela Duckworth's breakout hit-praised in People as "inspiration for non-geniuses everywhere"-shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls "grit"
The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of "genius," Angela Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor. It was her early, eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting and neuroscience that led to her hypothesis about what really drives success: not genius, but a unique combination of desire and long-term perseverance.In Grit, she takes us into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools in the United States and young finalists in the Scripps 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 JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.The New York Times Book Review asserts: "Duckworth's ideas about the cultivation of tenacity have clearly changed some lives for the better." Among Grit's most valuable insights: that any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal; that grit can be learned, regardless of IQ or circumstances; whether a warm embrace or high standards are better for your child; how to trigger lifelong interest; and the magic of the Hard Thing Rule. Winningly personal, uniquely perceptive 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. Read it and discover what Glamour calls one of "The Year's Best Life Hacks."
|"I kept wanting to read this book aloud-to my child, my husband, to everyone I care about. There are no shortcuts to greatness, it's true. But there is a roadmap, and you are holding it."
|"Grit is a persuasive and fascinating response to the cult of IQ fundamentalism. Duckworth reminds us that it is character and perseverance that set the successful apart."
|"Psychologists have spent decades searching for the secret of success, but Angela Duckworth is the one who found it. In this smart and lively book, she not only tells us what it is, but also how to get it."
|"A contemporary classic-a clarifying and deeply-researched book in the tradition of Stephen Covey and Carol Dweck. For anyone hoping to work smarter or live better, Grit is an essential-and perhaps life-changing-read."
|"Fascinating. Angela Duckworth pulls together decades of psychological research, inspiring success stories from business and sports, and her own unique personal experience and distills it all into a set of practical strategies to make yourself and your children more motivated, more passionate, and more persistent at work and at school."
|"This book will change your life. Fascinating, rigorous, and practical, Grit is destined to be a classic in the literature of success."
|"Utterly captivating, inspiring and original…Once you pick up Grit, you won't be able to tear yourself away."
|"Enlightening…Grit teaches that life's high peaks aren't necessarily conquered by the naturally nimble but, rather, by those willing to endure, wait out the storm, and try again."
|"Readable, compelling and totally persuasive. The ideas in this book have the potential to transform education, management and the way its readers live. Angela Duckworth's Grit is a national treasure."