By Angela Duckworth
#6575 In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone (parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people) striving to succeed 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.
In Grit, she takes readers 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 shes 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.
Among this book’s most valuable insights:
- Why any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal
- How grit can be learned, regardless of I.Q. or circumstances
- How lifelong interest is triggered
- How much of optimal practice is suffering and how much ecstasy
- Which is better for your child – a warm embrace or high standards
- The magic of the Hard Thing Rule
352 pages. Softcover. 2016. $18.99. SPECIALS: 10 copies for $173.95; 100 copies for $1,595.00.