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Publisher Description

In this instant New York Times bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” “Inspiration for non-geniuses everywhere” (People).

The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Angela Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor. It was her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience that led to her hypothesis about what really drives success: not genius, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.

In Grit, she takes us into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, 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 JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.

“Duckworth’s ideas about the cultivation of tenacity have clearly changed some lives for the better” (The New York Times Book Review). Among Grit’s most valuable insights: any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal; grit can be learned, regardless of IQ or circumstances; when it comes to child-rearing, neither a warm embrace nor high standards will work by themselves; how to trigger lifelong interest; the magic of the Hard Thing Rule; and so much more. 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. This is “a fascinating tour of the psychological research on success” (The Wall Street Journal).

Angela Duckworth
hr min
May 3
Simon & Schuster Audio

Customer Reviews

Nour Kinj ,


This book changed my life forever. It taught me how to hit the same wall for million times without losing my faith until I destroy the wall and move forward. It made me have the courage to fail an exam for 9 times and pass in the 10th.

Jwalk487 ,


I downloaded this because the author was a guest on a couple NPR shows and the topic sounded interesting. Unfortunately the “research” feels very week and doesn’t tell a compelling or surprising story. It’s read by the author which I feel was a mistake in this case because she is boring to listen to and comes off arrogant. I really wanted to like this and was hoping to find some inspiration but it just wasn’t there.

brindled congo ,

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.

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