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Grit

The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Lu par : Angela Duckworth
Durée : 9 h et 22 min
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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.

Here, she takes listeners into the field to visit teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she's learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers - from J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to the cartoon editor of The New Yorker to Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

Winningly personal, insightful, and even life changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down and how that - not talent or luck - makes all the difference.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Angela Duckworth (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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"Psychologist Angela Duckworth's winning performance is a nice blend of confidence in her scientific findings and humility about her personal and professional journey. Her accessible writing and speaking charm help her research on character reveal much about why people with the same abilities get vastly different results." ( AudioFile)
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Inspiring but lack of practical tools

Good book with inspiring stories but I would have loved to have more practical tools or concepts that can be applied in everyday life. For instance like the "one hard thing" that Angela and her family has.

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Un peu longuet

Le livre et les idées sont intéressantes mais alors qu'est-ce que c'est long! Sinon, le livre est lu par l'auteur, qui a une voix agréable.

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  • Grimjack
  • 13/05/2018

A 9 hour commencement address

I'll repeat what a couple of other reviewers have said, it took "grit" to finish what probably could have been discussed efficiently with statistics and examples in 90 minutes or less. While "Grit" offers some useful observations on power of persistence in exceptionally successful people, it comes across as a 9 1/2 hour affirmation of multiple the aphorisms on determination (e.g. Genius: 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration).

While the author cites some studies and field work, I'm unconvinced that she used test populations and statistical sampling that hold up to analytic rigor. At the beginning of the book, the author overstates the statistical merit of the grit study to predict a cadet's potential to complete "Beast Barracks" at West Point and while she does somewhat temper her conclusion near the end of the book, it comes very late and almost off-hand. Finally, I did not value the author's continual inclusion of herself and family to support her observations and work. While these anecdotes are interesting in their own right and make the author relatable, they are also self-serving and call into question her objectivity.

I think largest deficiency in the book is not fully exploring goal setting in relation to grit. There is some time spent on this topic, maybe 45 minutes to an hour, which is really not enough in comparison to the rest of the volume. "Grit' is worth the read if you've never read anything about hard work; there are some interesting anecdotes but overall, "Grit" doesn't present anything particularly new.

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  • Tristan
  • 11/06/2016

Two different books

Duckworth demonstrates her own grit by giving an expert performance narrating her own book. It's clear she put considerable work into learning to narrate effectively. She does a great job.

To me, this book has two distinct halves.

The first half is excellent and easily deserves 5 stars. She shows that a simple, self-reported test on people's willingness to stick with goals carries significantly more predictive power than more traditional predictors, such as SAT scores or athletic ability. I walked away from this section with an all new appreciation of how crucial it is for me to focus on a few, high-priority things in my own life if I ever want to achieve greatness. Her work here is based on sufficiently strong research that it forces the reader to rethink their assumptions about talent and accomplishment.

The second half is based less on research, and more on anecdotes. As a result, it reads a bit like a fluffy self-help book. The chapter on the importance of "purpose" to success is basically unsubstantiated. None of the testimonials prove that "purpose" is important to success because the people she interviews could equally just want to rationalize their story in a way that makes them feel good. While purpose may be important to some people, Duckworth failed to convince that pure self-interest would have been an insufficient motivator for plenty of the successful people she interviewed. Her interviews with investment bankers made me throw up in my mouth a bit.

It is also seems counter-productive to include purpose and passion in the definition of grit. The ability of people to push themselves through tasks they do not enjoy is itself an important, distinct quality to understand, and it would be valuable to have a word that refers specifically to that. I know that part of my own success rests on the fact that I have been willing to do unpleasant tasks that I felt no passion or purpose for, but which I felt were necessary. I have also felt passion and purpose for some goals, but lacked the grit to withstand the pain of putting in the effort to achieve them. Passion and purpose may indeed be motivators of grit, but to say they are part of it causes the term to lose its distinct meaning.

This book should perhaps be called "Persistence", of which grit, passion and purpose are three parts. As it stands, "Grit" is, in effect, defined by grit, passion and purpose. The fact that the term appears to be operating as part of its own definition shows that there is a conflation of concepts at play.

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  • A. Yoshida
  • 15/05/2016

Simple but hard to do

This is an excellent book that pulls together several concepts and their role in perseverance and success. Concepts that are becoming well known are: people can score higher on IQ tests when they have a growth mindset (believing that they can learn more instead of believing that they are born intelligent or not) and people can become experts through deliberate practice. An average person can become better than a "talented" person through many hours of practice and guidance from coaches and teachers who can provide precise feedback on what to work on. "Grit" takes it to the next step - how to stay motivated to spend all those hours practicing and focused on the goal (or as the author would say, be gritty). There is also a 10-question test on the author's website to measure grit. If you answer honestly, it provides a basis for which to measure yourself over time of your perseverance.

The steps are simple but hard to do. Experiment and explore to find an area of interest. Practice to overcome obstacles. The more you accomplish, the more passionate you'll feel and the more committed you'll feel to the purpose. Determination and direction are what will lead you to success.

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  • Zach
  • 24/06/2018

Lazy rehash of accomplished authors

This author doesn't "have a theory." She so shamelessly piggybacks on other more accomplished authors I'm a bit annoyed her book is so popular.

To save yourself the trouble, I will tell you to rather read the books that this book is based on:

Peak (deliberate practice)
The Power of Habit
Mindset (the masterpiece)

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  • E4KILO
  • 09/07/2016

Spend time listening to something else.

Go download the free Freakonimics podcast episode "How to Get More Grit In Your Life". It sums up everything you need to know and won't take 9 hours. I have around 100 books in my Audible Library. I have only returned 1 book to date. I'm returning this.

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  • ANDRÉ
  • 22/05/2016

The Soul of The Super Achievers

I have been studying ways to improve myself and my kids for almost a decade. I've read and listened to many books that talked about grit. And I searched many times for "Angela Duckworth and grit". Well, what a beautiful surprise to find this excellent book and to listen to it twice already, in the month of its release. Angela Duckworth is the main scientist that studies GRIT. And in this book she delivers all her knowledge in a very profound yet comprehensive way.
But, instead of writing only about grit and her researches, she goes beyond and talks about play, deliberate practice, flow and many other important topics of the psychology of success.
I will try to highlight the message, but I recommend you to read the book at least once.
Grit is a consistency of effort and practice. A gritty person have the attitude of never giving up, have an obsession and go for it, try to be the best in the world and always search for ways to improve; A gritty person has passion and perseverance.
Having grit is better than having talent (but better to have both). To have grit is to have a laser bean focus (specially on your weaknesses) to achieve what you desire, to get feedback from others and from yourself and use it to make adjustments to be more competent.
A terrific book with plenty of sound advices. Read it and share with others that the ultimate book of success has arrived.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16/03/2017

A few good chapters stretched into a whole book

It turns out, perseverance is a useful tool for succeeding in a vast array of subjects. Hardly Earth shattering news, but Duckworth has the data to back this up! There are a few early chapters that talk about her models and their predictive value, but that's not enough for a whole book, so it's padded with endless sports celebrity anecdotes ("paragons" of grit), personal experience hideously contorted to relate to the subject, and lavish praise for perhaps the grittiest thief of the century, Jamie Dimon.

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  • Gillian
  • 05/05/2016

No More Obsessing on Talent!

When I picked up "Grit", I was pretty sure I was going to feel pretty crummy as I was one of those kids who flunked 'The Marshmallow Test', like, bad (I don't wanna talk about it...). But it turns out that you can learn grit (and that you get grittier as you get older through bouncing back from all of life's pitfalls and disappointments. BUT! You have to make sure you keep getting up after you're knocked down).
Sure there is growing grit from the outside-in: parents, mentors, teachers play a very important role, but that's not anywhere near the half of it. You can also grow grit from the inside-out: by cultivating your interests (Do it! Very, very few people know what their one 'top-level' goal through life will be); by challenging your skills every day; by connecting your work to a purpose beyond yourself (This was so wonderful and important to me. I started seeing my self-worth at work, and want to make myself worthier to the kids I work with and to my co-workers); and by learning to hope when all seems lost. Learned helplessness? Sure. Learned hopefulness/optimism? Now we're talking!
Through the book, examples are given, people are talked or referred to, entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos, creative types like John Irving. It's fascinating and inspiring.
And make sure you don't forget to download the PDF materials. You'll find a way to rate yourself on the Grit Scale, a reflection of who you are now and which can grow over time.
Learn to do the hard work; learn to pare down your goals; learn to develop your one guiding principle, and you're golden.
The only flaw in this book is that it's a study, rather than your usual how-to book. That's not a bad thing, it just means that the jury's still out on a few of the developing stats. Most importantly, is living with a paragon of grit easy to do? Duckworth asked her two daughters, and though she said they love it, the way she quoted them, I dunno. Sounds like her daughters wanted her to relax a little.
That won't be a problem with me. Sometimes I'm so relaxed, I'm darned near comatose. But "Grit" was just the passionate and enlightening study I needed to hear about. I'm really, really glad I listened to it.
"Fall seven; Rise eight...!"

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  • K.C.
  • 31/08/2017

A good listen

Honestly - I felt it took a bit of Grit to get through the book. There are great nuggets but at times, I felt like I was listening to a thesis paper.

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  • wish 4 par
  • 07/05/2016

Really, a simple solution to a happy life

I have followed Dr Duckworths's work for years. If one incorporates what Dr Duckworths's research has shown, the answer to how to lead a happy, satisfied, and fulfilled life is at hand



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  • Altindag
  • 14/01/2017

Weit mehr...

...Als Durchhalteparolen! Sehr guter, fundierter Einblick in das Thema. Sehr zu empfehlen für sprunghafte Charaktere ;-)

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  • Muugen
  • 05/04/2019

Getting to know a whole different perspective!

The book was pretty good and I really enjoyed it! You get to know another perspective on so many topics and 'hard work' becomes refined. Before listening to Grid, I had a vague imagination about giving your best, after reading I have a clear vision of what it really meants. Therefore I recommend this if you are a student or if you don't know how exactly you think about hard work. You also learn to distinguish people who just talk and people who are giving their best - but in a good way!

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  • Lars
  • 10/11/2018

Sehr gutes Hörbuch. Ich kann es sehr empfehlen.

Ein sehr gutes Buch für alle die sich über Erfolg und Durchhaltevermögen informieren müssen. Die Kernbotschaft ist... Talent ist nicht alles... Dranbleiben... Durchhalten... Hart arbeiten... das führt zum Erfolg.

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  • Travis Watts
  • 26/03/2018

Beautiful!

Ein sehr gelungenes Werk. Es ist, wie sie selbst sagt "Als würde sie Dich auf einen Kaffee treffen und Dir alles erzählen, was sie weiß." Klassisch amerikanisch im Sinne von etwas zu vielen Fallbeispielen/Geschichten. Aber dennoch mit "sehr gut" zu bewerten.

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  • Biley
  • 28/06/2020

Grit, an often underestimated virtue explained

This book gives a very good overview of what grit is and what it does with respect to the achievement of goals. For the Patent as welll as for the Sportsmann or manager, what Angela Duckworth explains is important for having a more successful Life.

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  • mr.rob0t
  • 17/12/2019

Thank you so much Angela

.. For taking us out for a coffee to share your accumulated knowledge in regards to GRIT! This audiobook has for sure finally changed my perception of the world around me. As a child I often have been attributed as being specially talented which for a long time I have been unable to see since I saw the hidden possibilities in everyone around me except they were unable to see those themselves... Later I started to adapt this notion of beeing talented/gifted which felt good but actually was bad for me since I fell for the wrong belief that I do not have to work for anything to achieve - and I didn't. It took years to realise that this is wrong and that indeed I have to work as anyone else to be achiever else I will permanently underachieve with no reason for... I am not gritty as of now, since I love starting new projects and eventually finish them but find it hard to focus myself on one thing - one top level goal which is above the other - thank you for all your clarifications on this matter!

TL;DR: buy it, worth it, if you let it be what it is and soak it in, reflect on it and then put the gained wisdom into action it might be life changing - at least it will show you a possible way to achieve more satisfaction and ultimately happiness in your life! =)

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  • rumbelbumbel
  • 27/09/2018

wertvoll

das Angegebe der Autorin hat stellenweise stark genervt, den Inhalt fand ich trotzdem außerordentlich wertvoll

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  • Taimoor
  • 25/08/2017

Gritty

very nice. I think every parent, coach and person of influence needs to study the book.

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  • ilianatanassov
  • 16/08/2017

great book on the topic

Loved it! The author covers greatly and very personally many aspects of grit and keeps them interesting.

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  • Tomi Schuetz
  • 10/05/2017

Will read it again

Great book which provides many interesting and helpful insights on grit and how to become grittier.