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Grit Audiobook

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

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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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    James 30/11/2016
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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?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tess 01/09/2016
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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"

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 08/06/2017
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Libby 14/10/2016
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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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 08/07/2017
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Li 19/09/2016
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    "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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    Laura New Zealand 13/12/2017
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    "Very inspiring "

    This is an amazing book. I really enjoyed the author reading it as it makes it feel more like she is talking to you. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.

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    Brett Wiskar 10/11/2017
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    "pretty darn good"

    worth. one of the better personal growth books out there. crystalizss things we think we've been doing all our lives and gives helpful guidance on how to really be better.

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    Dan 01/11/2017
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    "Greatly motivational!"

    One of the best must read books of all time. Will definitely lift you up.

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    Anonymous 04/10/2017
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    "Awesome!"

    This book is definitely worth reading/listening to. Not just inspiring but to help people understand that talent is not as important as effort, lack of talent was just another excuse.

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    5/10/17
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    "Genius!"

    A patient, compelling and highly motivating read. Highly recommended for fellow parents who could use a few ideas to think about.

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  • Vernon
    15/07/17
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    "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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    "Excellent audiobook - inspirational!"

    A really good read - I need to get the book as there are so many pointers I want to reread and memorise. 'Would have liked to hear ADD included in the discussion on grit & children. Otherwise truly inspiring!



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  • Maryn
    29/03/17
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    "Resonate"

    I will re-listen and maybe even also read this book many times over as it resonate so deeply with my desire to perform better and endure more.

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  • Sudhirbharadhwaj
    1/08/16
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    "great book"

    loved it ! Angela packs in powerful insights on am important subject : psychology of achievement. her clear articulation of Grit as passion and perseverance is simply superb.

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  • Ezri Dax
    21/05/16
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    "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.

    37 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • phillycat69
    20/04/17
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    "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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Ioana Nicolae
    10/06/16
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    "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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Literary Cat Books
    13/05/16
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    "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.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Neel
    21/08/17
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    "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


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Aran
    21/09/16
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
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    13/08/17
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    "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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • JedHoll
    2/10/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • nadim
    14/09/17
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    "fantastic insights into grit"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Owen Ashby
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    26/04/17
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    "Beautifully read, wonderfully written"

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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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