Learn the key ideas of the book by Angela Duckworth


How persistence can help us achieve a goal

In Grit: the power of passion and perseverance, the author describes how success is not only linked to natural talent but also to perseverance. The harder we work and hustle to achieve a goal, the more results we will get. The book analyzes the common traits of the most persistent individuals, and shares techniques with which you can train to increase your grit.

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Many useful tips to:

  • Reach and implement your potential.
  • Learn to develop grit.
  • Learn that talent is not the only thing you need to reach success.

The author of the book:

Angela Duckworth is co-founder and CEO of Character Lab, a non-profit organization that uses psychological sciences to help the growth of children. She is also a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and in 2013 she received the Genius Grant, an award established by the McArthur Foundation. Prior to her research career, Duckworth worked as a science and math teacher in public schools in New York, San Francisco and Philadelphia.


What are the characteristics that make an individual ambitious and successful?

Successful people are often an example of perseverance, but what makes them such? What drives someone to pursue a goal? Many successful personalities consider the goal of their ambition unattainable, they are never satisfied with their results, and they never rest on their laurels. However, it is precisely this feeling of dissatisfaction that drives them, that gives them that impulse of continuous struggle towards improvement. In a nutshell: they find it rewarding to go after something that they are passionate about and consider extremely important. Another main characteristic of successful individuals is the awareness of where they are headed, not only are they determined but they also know, without a shadow of a doubt, what they are aiming for and what they want. So we can say that it is the combination of passion and perseverance that generates what we call grit.


The key ideas of "Grit"

What are the characteristics that make an individual ambitious and successful?
Why do some people fail and others succeed? How talent and grit interact, and which one is more important
Passion and persistence determine grit, but how do we discover our end goal?
Can you increase your grit? What traits should you nurture, to amp up your grit?
First stage of grit growth: how to find your interest
Second stage of grit growth: how to improve practice
Third stage of grit growth: how to find a bigger purpose
Fourth stage of grit growth: hope as a positive view of adversity
Can you learn to be more gritty by following the examples of others? How grit is influenced by family and friends
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