Grit by Angela Duckworth


In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and business people 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, Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, o...

Details Grit

Release DateMay 3rd, 2016
GenreNonfiction, Psychology, Self Help, Business, Personal Development

Reviews Grit

  • Elliot
    I've been a fan of Dr. Duckworth and her research since long before she became famous, so it's hard to overstate my disappointment with this title. The fundamental problem with the book is that instead of writing a popularization aimed at the intellectual/policy market, she decided to cash out with a different type of book aimed at the (larger) self-help/business market. The problem with this approach is that the self-help market doesn't want to ...
  • Andrew
    It was hard to pay attention to or stick with because most of the chapters seemed the same.But perhaps I haven't learned enough grittiness yet.
  • Lisa
    I remember when I started writing my PhD thesis. I had this vague idea of being a fraud, as I knew I wasn't a genius, and I believed that to achieve academic excellence, you needed to be one. There were many other students who seemed endlessly more talented than I was, who were creative and came up with brilliant suggestions. To top it all off, they had all the time in the world whereas I juggled being a mum of babies and toddlers and doing the r...
  • Brandon
    Ultimately, there's not much new in this latest entry in the personal improvement genre. I had high hopes for this book, initially believing that it would have new (to me) insights along the lines of what I found in Carol Dweck's book "Mindset" and Charles Duhigg's "The Power of Habit." Sadly, this book falls quite flat with entirely too much repetition of a singular topic.If you want a tl;dr version of the book, it comes down to this: don't give...
  • Jason
    This book may be the first to employ the humblebrag as a rhetorical device. Roughly: "My dad always told me I was no genius. Then I won a MacArthur Fellowship 'Genius Grant' on my research showing that hard work is more crucial to success than genius." It's a little boastful, as are the author's numerous references to her Ivy League education and her consultant work with McKinsey (who apparently only hire based on intellect) and, most of all, her...
  • Diane
    What a fascinating book! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this research on how important effort and perseverance is in being successful. Duckworth calls this grit, and has tests for measuring how gritty a person is in his or her projects. Her findings are that "natural talent" is helpful, of course, but effort matters more.I've heard about grit research in relation to education, and how grittier students tend to do better in school. But grit...
  • Suzanne
    Disappointed to read this in the acknowledgments:"First and foremost, I want to thank my collaborators. I wrote this book in the first-person singular, using "I" when, in fact, pretty much everything I've done as a researcher or writer was accomplished by a plurality. The "we" who deserve credit -- in particular coauthors on published research -- are named individually in Notes. On their behalf, I extend a heartfelt thanks to our research teams w...
  • Acordul Fin
    “There’s a vast amount of research on what happens when we believe a student is especially talented. We begin to lavish extra attention on them and hold them to higher expectations. We expect them to excel, and that expectation becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.” I'm not giving this such a high rating because I'm totally sold on the premise or her research. Her theory has been challenged by other studies with equally intriguing findings ...
  • H.A. Leuschel
    What an inspiring and very well written book! Human beings love magic, the idea of a gift, natural talent and to be swept off their feet by a stunning piece of music or witnessing a person doing something no one has ever managed to do before. We like to believe that there is an innate natural gift that allows some people to stand out of the crowd. Yet, the author of this book suggests that she 'is yet to meet a Nobel laureate or Olympic champion ...
  • Amy
    Saying, "I really wanted to like this book" would be an understatement. I started it expecting a 5-star read. I agreed with the premise and was eager to learn more. However, this book fell short for me. The first half read too much like a self-help book. "Be gritty! You'll be successful!" The second half had more of the academic analysis I craved but it still lacked the depth I was looking for. This might be a good intro for the importance of wor...
  • Jennifer
    "As much as talent counts, effort counts twice."Professor and MacArthur Award winner Angela Duckworth has entered the "talent vs. effort" discussion with years of research showing that dedicated effort -- what she calls "grit"-- is far more important to success than any innate talent. While some agree (see books such as Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, and Helping Children Succeed: What Works ...
  • Ana Marlatt
    For the many critics of Duckworth and her theory of Grit, I say: read this book. You will not find anywhere here that Grit is about "sucking it up and getting it done". Angela Duckworth writes: "This book has been my way of taking you out for a coffee and telling you what I know." To me, this coffee date pacified off and will be repeated a few times. This book is filled with the science of Grit (Duckworth is a scientist after all), as well as cou...
  • Rayhan
    Trivial and littered with shameless self-promotion and self-adulation. Duckworth isn't so much a grit paragon as she is a paragon of privilege. There are painful moments where she pays lip-service to socioeconomic and racial diversity issues that clearly interfere with her measurements of 'grit', as she narrowly defines it. People may find her book and research inspiring because it draws you away from fixating on talent as the key determinant of ...
  • Rebecca Renner
    I loved this so much more than I thought I would! It's a must-read for teachers and writers. Actually, I would recommend it to anyone who is working toward a big goal, especially if they've experienced some setbacks.
  • David Yoon
    A fascinating exploration of Grit. There’s even a Grit questionnaire to assess how gritty you are. I’m moderately gritty BTW - happily mediocre. I’m aware I could be grittier and resolve to do so, but then I’ve already moved on to the next book. I like the idea though. It seems like a hearty admonishment of work and stick-to-it-ness that appeals to my Asian upbringing - Duckworth herself is raised by Chinese immigrants. It’s resonated f...
  • Rosie Nguyễn
    An excellent read after the Growth Mindset. Some takeaways: - Why effort is important (effort can make a change to the brain structure, as the brain is remarkable adaptive). - Why deliberate practice is a crucial part to experience the "flow" condition. - Why we have to learn how to fail and look back to our mistakes and ask: "what did I learn, how can I make it better the next time, how to make the right kind of effort".- IQ is not fixed, so are...
  • Emma Sea
    ironically, i wish i hadnt persevered to finish this.
  • Denise
    “...there are no shortcuts to excellence. Developing real expertise, figuring out really hard problems, it all takes time―longer than most people've got to apply those skills and produce goods or services that are valuable to people....Grit is about working on something you care about so much that you're willing to stay loyal to's doing what you love, but not just falling in love―staying in love.” When it come to gr...
  • Constance
    I am interested generally in the idea of “grit.” It’s hard sometimes to not be discouraged, to have resilience and to get up and keep going after setbacks, and I’m interested in how to develop that trait.To that end, this book skims over some relevant ideas. Apparently everything might come down to your overall worldview, or, as I read it, your humanism and compassion. The author talks about a “fixed mindset” vs. a “growth mindset...
  • Kristin Butler
    I guess if you really have something to prove you might be interested in reading this book. I found it a snoozer and I felt a little sorry for the author who appears to be obsessed with the topic of achievement. Perhaps I'm too much of a slacker to appreciate the power of " grit", but I think my real issue is tethering grit to " success", because I'm not sure I agree with the author's definition of success. I had the same problem with Gladwell's ...
  • Tony
    A great little book about determination and mindset. Not a 5 star as for me at least, there were too many long-winded examples and not enough concrete techniques to battle failure, to get up the eighth time. But eye-opening and a great book for an educator to read! I think I need to read Dweck!
  • Antonia
    Thomas Edison said that success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. And remember Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule? Angela Duckworth this calls stick-to-it-iveness “grit.” (I’m not too keen on the word, itself.) Her method of reaching more or less the same conclusion involves more science and even a couple of equations: Talent + Effort = Skill AND Skill + Effort = Achievement. Maybe to some, her conclusions don’t seem terribly ne...
  • Elizabeth☮
    I loved the lessons in this book. If you haven't seen Duckworth's ted talk, find it now. This is pretty straight forward: you need grit to be successful. It is a bit more nuanced and Duckworth interviews various people in various professions that have all become successful because they have grit. This is like the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking in that it teaches you a different way of guiding your own life,...
  • Donna
    I liked this approach to GRIT. This is nonfiction and when I counted how many discs this was for the audio, I thought it was going to feel so, so long...but it didn't. I found this fascinating. I'm not familiar with the author or her work, but I thought this was eloquently written. She covered all her points and didn't get all technical, but considered the regular people who wold probably read this. This is a book that I think I may need to read ...
  • James Park
    The book was just really tough to get through. Not because it's hard to understand or anythingggg but it fell flat on so many pages. It didn't really get me thinking deep and most of the ideas she presented seemed meh. You legit need grit to get through the book. All respect to her tho.
  • Mari Ver
    This book did not live up to high expectations that I had after watching the author's clips and presentations on TedTalk. I would like to say that it is a material for a good discussion with teenagers, but, sadly, they would need to have developed a lot of grit of their own in order to read through it.
  • Stephanie *Extremely Stable Genius*
    As turns out, I'm pretty gritty. Who knew?
  • Sophie
    The writer comes across as self-righteous and talks too much about sport. However, I thought it worth reading for chapter 6 on "Interest" - her comments on following your passion are quite nuanced.
  • Josh
    Grit by Angela Duckworth is a book with broad ambitions to cover the topic of grit: what it is, who has it and how to get it. Grit shares a common heritage with many other growth mindset books such as The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal. Growth mindset books lie at the vertex of Eastern and Western philosophy; do my actions dictate my fate or are we all just subject to the inertia of the universe? Duckworth asserts the value of grit through i...