Booze and Books: Grit (Angela Duckworth)

By Elana Harari

The hardest part about reading this book is separating how you view yourself from who you actually are and how you behave.

Grit is a book that has developed a physiological and (slightly) mathematical formula for how success occurs, and links it back to real world scenarios of success.

From those in the special forces, who are the ‘toughest of the tough’, to kids in a spelling bee, it looks at the idea of what separates those who win from those who don’t. (Spoiler: those who are naturally talented are sometimes at a disadvantage when it comes to success.)

Written by academic, psychologist and popular science author Angela Duckworth, the book opens with the idea that the incorrect question is often asked: ‘is this person a genius?’.

Duckworth proposes that the better question to ask is ‘will this person keep going, get up when knocked down, and strive to better themselves as measured against themselves?’.

From this starting point, you know the book will cause much self-reflection as your read (especially if you are someone who strives to better themselves – as measured against themselves).

A personal favourite of the Loud Days office (a slightly competitive bunch of high achievers), feel free to share your thoughts on the book below!

Don’t have time to read the whole book? This is for you:

Grit is not just about perseverance.

  • Grit encapsulates two other dimensions: passion and purpose.
  • Those who have passion (internal motivation) for the activity can persist longer than those who just have willpower.
  • Those who have purpose (external motivation) can persist even longer than those who have passion.

Or check out Duckworth’s TedTalk below:

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