Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

What we like:

The book's goals - To summarize the research on grit -- what it is, why it matters, and how to grow grit from the outside in and the inside out. Intended Audience - The intended audience is a very general group spanning anyone who wants to learn about grit and foster grit in their own lives or the lives of their children, employees, students, etc. It's written in the typical "pop psych" format of a blend of research and easy to digest anecdotes, so it's understandable for a wide audience. There is a chapter on "parenting for grit" and other anecdotes and research about students and grit.

What could be better:

"There's a lot of research on parenting, and some research on grit, but no research yet on parenting and grit." Moreover, only a small segment of the book focuses on parenting/parenting for grit.

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In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”

Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Duckworth, now a celebrated researcher and professor, describes her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.

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