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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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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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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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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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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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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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The antidote to complacency

Definitely a go to book if you feel stuck in life and business. Excellent research and examples of how grit is more often than not the determining factor to excellence.

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slow read. took months to get through. no climax worth waiting for. Yet i dont doubt it was factual

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  • 26-01-2020

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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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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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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  • Jaco van Niekerk
  • 28-02-2019

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
  • 19-10-2018

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
  • 30-04-2021

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
  • 15-10-2018

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
  • 24-05-2018

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
  • 07-03-2018

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
  • 15-07-2017

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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  • Geraldine W.
  • 24-08-2021

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
  • 24-08-2021

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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  • MREB
  • 10-08-2021

Pure gold

It’s nice to have quantified and documented what the things are that determine success. Interesting facts, and stories, and well narrated

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  • Ezri Dax
  • 21-05-2016

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
  • 21-08-2017

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
  • 21-09-2016

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
  • 10-06-2016

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
  • 13-05-2016

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
  • 20-04-2017

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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