Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance — Why You Should Read

The kind of grit that Angela Duckworth is talking about in her book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance isn’t the kind that southerners put on their tables to eat.

It’s that old-fashioned element of strength in a person who exhibits the power of passion and perseverance.

Grit Can Make You Successful

In Duckworth’s book, she points out that grit matters because it’s the telling element in how serious you are about working for success and going through with it no matter how hard it might be.

Duckworth is a firm believer that grit, rather than talent, is the main element in success.

Her eye-opening years came during her early years of neuroscience, business and teaching.

These years led her to form the hypothesis that talent and genius don’t predict your level of success — but grit does.

That pairing of perseverance and passion that she calls grit is what really causes success.

She writes of her interviews with such greats as J.P. Morgan and Coach Pete Carroll of the Seahawks fame and shares what she learned from them.

Her findings show that you don’t need a high IQ or compatible circumstances — you simply need a goal and the grit to make it there.

What Does It Mean To Have Grit

Part 1 of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance explains what grit is and why it should matter to you.

In Chapter One, Duckworth goes into the rigorous training schedule demanded by the U. S. Military Academy at West Point.

It’s not easy to become a cadet at West Point — and it’s triple-difficult to make it through.

The training plan is to turn cadets into soldiers — soldiers that can hold their own in war and keeping an entire country safe from harm.

In Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Duckworth explains that she discovered it wasn’t the abilities of the cadets that got them through the most demanding military training in the country, but the never-give-up attitude of the successful adults.

Is This Book For You?

The book is a delightful combination of story-telling and scientific presentations that will make you think and encourage you to keep trying no matter how hard the journey gets and how many obstacles you encounter.

That wonderful combination of perseverance and passion make the grit you’ll need to get you through any situation or push for success.

It will also help you to silence the negative thoughts in your mind and get on with the process.

Duckworth skillfully teaches us how we can grow our own grit from the inside-out until we develop the same type of grit that makes it possible to succeed in whatever we do.

Just as the cadets at West Point know — when you’ve developed the grit inside yourself and use it to accomplish what you’ve always dreamed of, you’ll know that you earned the right to call yourself a success.

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