I am getting in touch today to share information with you about an interesting book on how personal achievement works — and how best to foster this in ourselves, and in our children.
In Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth shares with us the results of her lifelong work on the fundamental psychology of achievement. She seeks to answer two related questions: Why is it that some people make lives for themselves of significant achievements, often overcoming great adversity in the process? How can we learn from and apply their examples?
The basic answer is Grit. Duckworth finds that Grit — perseverance, diligence, and a commitment to hard work and deliberate practice — strongly drives our real-world achievements.
This book is carefully thought out, and written in accessible language with plenty of useful “real-world” examples to illustrate the principles under discussion. Dr. Duckworth includes particularly useful sections on “Growing Grit from the Inside Out” and “Parenting for Grit”.
My favorite part? Effort Counts Twice! First, effort invested in developing our talent builds our skills. Second, effort invested in our skills creates our achievements. (You’ll find this explained much more fully on pages 41-42).