The Harvard Educational Review - HEPGAs I watched my dad heroically fight cancer the last 10 years of his life, I marveled at his high spirits and gusto for life. His body slowly failed, but his spirit hung amazingly tough. My dad had grit. Grit for building his electrical contracting business. Grit for enjoying what time he had left. Angela Duckworth has written a book about what my dad had.
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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Slightly less than a year ago, I was flipping through an email from BookBub. It encompasses both passion and perseverance. So, which comes first? Does passion come first or does perseverance? The answer is both — sort of. Passion is like a blazing bonfire. What fans the flames of passion?
In Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance , Angela Duckworth, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, looks at grit—passion coupled with perseverance—as being essential to success and achievement. Toward the end of the chapter she raises a question that the next chapter tackles: What is the role of talent versus grit in individual success? For her, the fundamental folly of our hidden psychological bias favoring talent is that it overshadows the crucial role of effort in driving individual achievement. While she does not explicitly untangle the relation between effort and grit, she maintains that effort underlies both passion and perseverance. To illustrate this centrality of sustained effort in achievement, she offers familiar, if timeless, advice on being successful from gritty individuals, including Harvard psychologist George Valliant, filmmaker Woody Allen, and novelist John Irving.
In her interview with David, she asked him how he dealt with that disappointing result. I knew it was done. I knew I had to focus on what to do next. So I went to my teacher and asked for help. I basically tried to figure out, you know, what I did wrong. What I needed to do differently. Effort builds skill.
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I know that I mentioned that from my past book reports that all of them were at least good books to check out. Before this I only heard the word grit from analogies from sports teams saying that this team has a lot of grit, which meant that they play tough especially on defense throughout the whole game. And so I went ahead and borrowed it from the library. Grit is basically a detailed outlook on what it takes to be gritty. Duckworth describes her own gritty experiences from being a teacher to business consulting. This ultimately led to the theory what drives success in many people, a combination of passion and long-term achievement.
This is a preview of the Shortform book summary of Grit by Angela Duckworth. Read the full comprehensive summary at Shortform. Grit predicts success, even when controlling for talent or IQ. That is, between two people of the same talent level, a grittier person will enjoy more success. Make no mistake: talent and IQ are still important and still correlate with success.