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Angela Duckworth

Grit

by Angela Duckworth

Grit

Angela Duckworth

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Based on science, interviews with high achievers from various fields, and the personal history of success of the author, Angela Duckworth, Grit describes what creates outstanding achievements, showing that it isn't reserved for the talented only, but for those with passion and perseverance.

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Grit

by Angela Duckworth

Grit

Angela Duckworth

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When you hear the word grit, you might immediately go to the same image. A soldier has to crawl through the mud, barbed wire around him, and due to the heavy rain, he suddenly gets stuck and can't move. But then, in a moment of almost angry defiance, he grits his teeth, pulls his foot out of the mud and crawls onward.

It's probably no coincidence the expression "to grit one's teeth" lends itself to the title of this book, the word as a noun means courage, perseverance and fortitude. Angela Duckworth needs a lot of it herself, coming from a family in which her father often criticized her for her 'lack of genius.'

However, her work in psychology, which led her through Harvard, Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania, making her a 2013 MacArthur "Genius" Fellow – ironic? No. She just knew that perseverance and passion drive effort, and effort drives achievement.

"What we accomplish in the marathon of life depends tremendously on our grit - our passion and perseverance for long-term goals. An obsession with talent distracts us from that simple truth." [Angela Duckworth]

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