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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

by Angela Duckworth

Grit is a book about the power of passion and perseverance. No matter who you are—an athlete, a businessman, a student, a parent—this book has advice for you. It doesn’t matter whether you have the raw talent to succeed in your chosen field or not; all that matters is whether you put the necessary effort in, and how you put that effort in.

Summary Notes

Showing Up

Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.

Practice makes perfect. Talent and achievement are not linked—if you want to achieve success, you must put in the hard work and effort. Practice until you are the best at what you do.

Skills to acquire

How Gritty Are You?

My compass, once I found all the parts and put it together, keeps pointing me in the same direction, week after month after year.

When you choose one top-level goal and focus all your efforts on achieving it, you are more likely to succeed.

When you break your goal down into smaller goals, you map out a clear path to success for yourself. Simply follow all your low-level goals, and you will achieve your mid-level goals. You will (by default) achieve your top-level goal.

Skills to acquire

Practice

Experts are more interested in what they did wrong - so they can fix it.

Isolating each aspect of your performance will allow you to focus all your energy on perfecting it, one aspect at a time. This will lead to an overall perfect performance, therefore allowing you to achieve success.

Skills to acquire

Purpose

How you see your work is more important than your job title.

When you pursue a goal with purpose, with the aim of contributing to the well-being of others, you will be extremely committed to it. This commitment will lead directly to success.

Skills to acquire

Hope

Compared to optimists, pessimists are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.

When you understand that you have the power to achieve your goals, you will be less likely to place the onus on the universe to make your life better. Instead, you will begin taking action in order to improve your life and achieve your goals—after all, you are the only one who can do it.

Skills to acquire

The Playing Fields of Grit

There are countless research studies showing that kids who are more involved in extracurriculars fare better on just about every conceivable metric.

If your kids are gritty, they will be able to be independent and successful, they will be disciplined, and they won’t give up in the face of adversity. Research indicates that kids who participate in extracurriculars perform better in school, have higher self-esteem, and are less likely to engage in destructive behaviors.

Skills to acquire

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