Book Reviews: Grit and Summary of Grit (Power of Passion and Perseverance)

I ran across an article on this author whose name is Angela Duckworth. Some of you might have heard about her. Her TED Talks have been watched by more than 14 million people and translated into 49 languages.

Angela Duckworth: is an American academic, psychologist and popular science author. She is Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania,[1] where she studies grit and self-control. She is also the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a not-for-profit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. Graduate of Harvard University, University of Oxford, and University of Pennsylvania.

There are a lot of people who have read the first book (300 pages) and found that it didn’t have anything new to contribute to our lives. Yet, I found it very interesting. I have read a great deal of self-help books as they are called to keep my business projects organized when I was in corporate America. This one deals on a topic that we as individuals forget much too often.

Many people in the business world and in their personal lives possess a lot of different talents. Sometimes, however, talent doesn’t always help us navigate through different areas of our lives. To keep order, to succeed both in business and in life as a total. “Grit” as she explains it is not talent. “Grit” isn’t luck or being in the right place at the right time.

“Grit” is about having what Angela Duckworth calls an “ultimate concern” – a goal you care about so much that it organizes and gives meaning to almost everything you do in life as a total. “Grit” matters more than talent and luck. To really succeed you have to endure to reach goals – even the goal to succeed.

When you take on that project of organizing your life, your home, your business, to succeed you need self-control and keep the goals in front of you. “Grit is more reliable predictor of making it through projects – such as organizing your office.

So I recommend the book, although long, to help yourself and your families add “grit” to your lives. It doesn’t replace any of the other wonderful qualities that you already have but it will enhance your life, you family, and your friends.

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