Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance


Angela Duckworth, PhD

The premise of the book Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance is captured in the subtitle.  If you persevere instead of quitting, if you are passionate about what you are trying to achieve, then you are more likely to succeed.  The stories are inspiring, including the author sharing her own story.  Her father was the highest-ranking chemist at DuPont and repeatedly told her she wasn’t a genius.  However, Duckworth did have access to good schools so her barrier to success was more motivational rather than educational or societal.  Still, when someone leads you to believe you can’t succeed, without grit, you are likely to embrace that label.

The research seems solid and includes some information that you likely would have read from other books such as Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers.  The information provided in this book is not necessarily new and some people dismiss the book for that reason.  I on the other hand, like to read books and articles that reinforce important issues in addition to learning something new.  If you are looking for a little confidence builder or a reminder to stay the course, Grit is worth the read.  And hats off to Dr. Duckworth.  In 2013 she became a MacArthur Fellow, so it seems she is a genius – or close to it after all.