Book Review – Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth, 2016.

Quick take-away points from this book.

“In sum, no matter the domain, the highly successful had a kind of ferocious determination that played out in two ways.  First, these exemplars were unusually resilient and hardworking. Second, they knew in a very, very deep way what they wanted.  They not only had determination, they had direction.” (page 22)

The 4 Psychological assets of Grit

These tend to develop over years as a person progresses through his or her chosen undertaking.

  1. Interest – Those with grit tend to stay with his/her undertaking. It is a meaningful endeavour despite some of the more boring or tedious aspects of what he or she does.   The brain needs novelty.  By staying engaged in the same activity for many years, the brain will need some nuances to keep it interested.
  2. Practice – daily focused attention to the practice of the skill looking to achieve/improve more after each session. Getting better each day.  This deliberate practice is self-aware but without judgement.
  3. Purpose – he or she knows the work they are doing matters to him or to her and to the well-being of others. It may start with a spark and build to an accomplishment that has made a positive difference to other humans.
  4. Hope – maintaining hope through each stage from beginner to expert and beyond despite pitfalls, failure or obstacles. It is the belief that effort can improve the future. Get knocked down and get back up.

Stay gritty my friends!