Sunday, May 26, 2019

Book review - Grit by Angela Duckworth


Grit by Angela Duckworth

We all have our share of awe and wonder when we see someone achieve something incredible. Most of the times (well, all of the times) we call it talent, that which is in-built and uncommon. Is it important to be talented in order to succeed in life? What's the part that effort plays? I was curious to know these answers myself and I'm glad that I picked up Grit.   

Long before I read this book, I did come across Angela Duckworth's Ted talk and watched it because I had nothing much to do: in short, I didn't really have a full understanding of what she was saying. And it all changed with the book, now I have a clear-cut idea of what it means to be gritty.

The book has done an amazing job in bringing forth the many myths our society is filled with, and what can be done about it. The research that went into it reminded me of the books by Malcolm Gladwell, there are certain areas wherein the research is still work-in-progress or hasn't started yet. The author is quick to make these comments there itself, saving readers from irrelevant assumptions.

Summing up Grit: Fall Seven, Rise Eight is the quote that I can think of and it's also mentioned in the book. It's about doing things that Interest you, and being consistent with the Practice so that you can see a Purpose in it and have immense Hope to achieve it.

This is what the first part of the book talks about, it’s the second part that kept me addicted to it.

It covers How to grow grit? Inside out and outside in. The fact that Angela is a psychologist made it easier for me to rely on the data she presented; the Grit scale that she designed is very pragmatic. It is a reality check that I felt everyone should get. 

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