Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

grit-audiobook-mp3Unabridged Audiobook
Written By: Angela Duckworth
Narrated By: Angela Duckworth
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Duration: 9 Hours 22 Minutes

Book Rating: stars_4-5




Summary: In this must-listen book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and businesspeople – both seasoned and new – that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called “grit”.

Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur “genius” Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial, such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments.

Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently bemoaned her lack of smarts, Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not genius but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. As a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth created her own “character lab” and set out to test her theory…Read more.

User Reviews

Mia W.

stars_4 Powerful information that just about anyone can use. Gives hope to those who aren’t “a natural” at something but still strive to succeed!



Katie P.

stars_4-5 Right up there with Dweck’s Mindset. Consistent progress over time trumps natural talent.




Carlos R.

stars_5 Insightful and well written.

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Angela Duckworth: Grit Audio Book Summary

Angela Lee Duckworth was born in 1970, graduated in psychology and is currently a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is her first book. Duckworth blesses us with this splendid work, has been received with good criticism by the New York Times and has generated many questions in the educational and scientific community. Duckworth has an impeccable professional and academic career, has studied at Harvard and Oxford.
download-angela-duckworth-grit-audiobookAt nearly three decades of age, Angela was a management consultant, however, she left that job for entering classrooms and teaching math to New York public school students. After several years as a teacher, Angela took on the task of investigating why some students find it harder to learn than others, why some have to work harder than others. She completed her research by earning a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, as mentioned above, where she is now a teacher.
The work of Angela Duckworth is magnificent, it is a critical and objective review as well as an entertaining, research work that finally sees the light after almost ten years of hard work. Since its launch I have had some thoughts about its impact on society.
We live within a culture that lives according to certain imposed standards. In this book it serves as a reminder that there are other points of view, we should not close ourselves in a single concept of success. Some articles make mention of this book as if it were the key to success, however there is no secret to reach such a thing, I mean, if obviously we have to work hard every day and work very hard to achieve our goals, but I do not consider That is a secret Angela Duckworth that what exists and is decisive is talent, for it talent is that which any person manages to master with effort, also emphasizes adopting positions that strengthen our inner being like, humility, kindness and intelligence for example.
Duckworth’s book, makes us rethink expectations about what follows after school, there is a much wider picture, Grit is more valid when we make a future plan in life. There are diligence tests for topics such as “carry out my plans” “I finish what I start” These types of articles are classified as a measure of passion, which is so much our commitment and that motivates us to do so.
A study was conducted with Angela and Evan Nesterak and 300 volunteers with a wide range of ages were observed, and it was discovered that both curiosity and perseverance were directly related to any creative activity in science and the arts.