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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (Unabridged)

by Angela Duckworth

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In this must-listen book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and businesspeople - both seasoned and new - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit". Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur "genius" Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial, such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments. Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently bemoaned her lack of smarts, Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not genius but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. As a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth created her own "character lab" and set out to test her theory. Here, she takes listeners into the field to visit teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she's learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers - from J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to the cartoon editor of The New Yorker to Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Winningly personal, insightful, and even life changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down and how that - not talent or luck - makes all the difference.

Customer Reviews


The book, like Angela is brilliant. Makes me want to do more and be more.

Disappointing, bland, halting read

Really disappointed with this read. The narrative is far too entwined with the author's own life and the conclusions drawn are obvious and unoriginal. The narrator speaks in a halting, monotonous voice that makes the text feel all the more unoriginal and stunted. Definitely skip this book if you're looking for something to capture your attention and/or teach you anything about the true power of grit.

Content Excellent

Content Excellent, but the tone of the narrator is disturbing. Also, stores where the author tries to make a joke, comes across a condescending. And did I mention that the transgender issue had to come up as it relates to the army. Would have given 5 stars if some else narrated and the transgender word didn't come up.

Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Angela Duckworth
  • Published: 2016
  • Category: Science
  • Provider: Simon & Schuster Audio
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