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Grit

by Angela Duckworth

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ANGELA DUCKWORTH

“Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”

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  1. Grit is about maintaining the same top-level goal for a very long time.
  2. GRIT has four psychological assets: (1) interest (2) practice (3) purpose (4) hope.
  3. Gritty people perform more deliberate practice and experience more flow.
  4. For paragons of grit, the long days and evenings of toil, the setbacks and disappointments, and struggle, the sacrifice—all this is worth it because, ultimately, their efforts pay dividends to other people.
  5. Often, the critical gritty-or-not decisions we make are a matter of identity more than anything else.

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The concept of GRIT can be explained in terms of perseverance. Only perseverance will lead to high achievement. A high achiever never believes that they will ever reach their goals, they are always striving more, and are the exact opposite of complacent, constantly unsatisfied. But in a weird way, being unsatisfied and constantly chasing more is satisfying to them. 

Someone with true grit has enduring passion, they push through pain and frustration, giving up is simply not an option for them.

"A combination of passion and perseverance makes high achievers special. High achievers have grit."

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ANGELA DUCKWORTH

“I won’t just have a job; I’ll have a calling. I’ll challenge myself every day. When I get knocked down, I’ll get back up. I may not be the smartest person in the room, but I’ll strive to be the grittiest.”

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Talent & Effort

Society places a huge amount of emphasis on talent, a natural ability. The author questions why talent is always perceived as the hero, and that talent is the only reason we ever have good results.

The idea that high achievers have some miraculous skill is more appealing than the fact that we are simply average and don’t put in enough effort. This magical skill that someone might hold means we simply don’t need to consider ourselves in the same league as them, therefore there is no reason to compare ourselves.

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angela Duckworth

“Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.”

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TALENT matters but EFFORT counts twice

“If we overestimate talent, we underestimate everything else.”

In reality, Duckworth recognizes that exceptional performance is most often the result of countless accumulated acts of practice. She ties the psychology of achievement up in a simple formula:

Talent x Effort = Skill

Skill x Effort = Achievement

In achievement TALENT matters but EFFORT counts twice.

As Duckworth sums it up:

“Talent is how quickly your skills improve when you invest effort. Achievement is what happens when you take skills and use them.”

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Goals & GRIT

Grit isn’t just about working hard. It’s about staying the course and achieving mastery over a long period of time. To do this requires not just the core character, but coordination and purpose.

This coordination can be envisioned as goals in a hierarchy. Low-level goals are short-term activities and to-dos, which in turn feed into mid-level goals and finally top-level goals.

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1. A gritty person must have INTEREST and PASSION

2. The second characteristic is the ability to PRACTICE. Someone with grit will dedicate themselves to practicing every day, and always striving to be better than the day before.

3. The driver behind passion is having a PURPOSE. Someone with grit will understand their purpose and why they do the things that they do.

4. Finally, HOPE. A gritty person must have hope, it’s a critical element of perseverance.

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The Power of Passion and Practice

Finding this passion is in most cases a process of discovery, followed by a lengthier period of interest development, cultivation, and refinement. What separates the grittiest from the rest is their capacity to stick at interests for the long term identifying nuances that keep them interested and exploring their passion at a deeper level.

Seminal research by Anders Ericsson (the 10,000-hour rule) suggests that what separates experts is not just the rate at which they practice at an early stage, but the way in which they practice. 

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ANGELA DUCKWORTH

“Passion for your work is a little bit of discovery, followed by a lot of development, and then a lifetime of deepening.”

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The Guiding Light of Purpose and Hope

We typically follow a progression starting with a relatively self-oriented interest, moving through self-disciplined practice, and finally integrating our work with some other-centered purpose.

What supports this purpose-based grit is an underlying optimism which the gritty exhibit, and a willingness to look forward despite confronting failure after failure.

Duckworth links this idea to growth or fixed mindset. To move towards a true growth mindset, she recommends practicing optimistic self-talk and updating our beliefs on intelligence and talent.

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ANGELA DUCKWORTH

“I have a feeling tomorrow will be better is different from I resolve to make tomorrow better. The hope that gritty people have has nothing do with luck and everything to do with getting up again.”

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