The Power of Passion and Perseverance

In this instant New York Times bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” “Inspiration for non-geniuses everywhere” (People).

The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Angela Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor. It was her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience that led to her hypothesis about what really drives success: not genius, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.

Grit, she takes us into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, 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 JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to
New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.

“Duckworth’s ideas about the cultivation of tenacity have clearly changed some lives for the better” (
The New York Times Book Review). Among
Grit’s most valuable insights: any effort you make ultimately counts
twice toward your goal; grit can be
learned, regardless of IQ or circumstances; when it comes to child-rearing, neither a warm embrace nor high standards will work by themselves; how to trigger lifelong interest; the magic of the Hard Thing Rule; and so much more. 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. This is “a fascinating tour of the psychological research on success” (
The Wall Street Journal).
"Duckworth is the researcher most associated with the study and popularization of grit. And yet what I like about her new book, Grit, is the way she is pulling away from the narrow, joyless intonations of that word, and pointing us beyond the way many schools are now teaching it...Most important, she notes that the quality of our longing matters. Gritty people are resilient and hard working, sure. But they also, she writes, know in a very, very deep way what it is they want."
-David Brooks, New York Times
Angela Duckworth, PhD, is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. She is also the Founder and Scientific Director of the Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. She completed her BA in neurobiology at Harvard, her MSc in neuroscience at Oxford, and her PhD in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. 
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is her first book and an instant 
New York Times bestseller.
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  • Grit Chapter 1

    By the time you set foot on the campus of the United States Military Academy at West Point, you've earned it.

    The admissions process for West Point is at least as rigorous as for the most selective universities. Top scores on the SAT or ACT and outstanding high school grades are a must. But when you apply to Harvard, you don't need to start your application in the eleventh grade, and you don't need to secure a nomination from a member of Congress, a senator, or the vice president of the United States. You don't, for that matter, have to get superlative marks in a fitness assessment that includes running, push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups.

    Each year, in their junior year of high school, more than 14,000 applicants begin the admissions process. This pool is winnowed to just 4,000 who succeed in getting the required nomination. Slightly more than half of those applicants-about 2,500-meet West Point's rigorous academic and physical standards, and from that select group just 1,200 are admitted and enrolled. Nearly all the men and women who come to West Point were varsity athletes; most were team captains.

    And yet, one in five cadets will drop out before graduation. What's more remarkable is that, historically, a substantial fraction of dropouts leave in their very first summer, during an intensive seven-week training program named, even in official literature, Beast Barracks. Or, for short, just Beast.

    Who spends two years trying to get into a place and then drops out in the first two months?

    Then again, these are no ordinary months. Beast is described in the West Point handbook for new cadets as "the most physically and emotionally demanding part of your four years at West Point . . . designed to help you make the transition from new cadet to Soldier."

    A Typical Day at Beast Barracks

    5:00 a.m.


    5:30 a.m.

    Reveille Formation

    5:30 to 6:55 a.m.

    Physical Training

    6:55 to 7:25 a.m.

    Personal Maintenance

    7:30 to 8:15 a.m.


    8:30 to 12:45 p.m.


    1:00 to 1:45 p.m.


    2:00 to 3:45 p.m.


    4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

    Organized Athletics

    5:30 to 5:55 p.m.

    Personal Maintenance

    6:00 to 6:45 p.m.


    7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


    9:00 to 10:00 p.m.

    Commander's Time

    10:00 p.m.


    The day begins at 5:00 a.m. By 5:30, cadets are in formation, standing at attention, honoring the raising of the United States flag. Then follows a hard workout-running or calisthenics-followed by a nonstop rotation of marching in formation, classroom instruction, weapons training, and athletics. Lights out, to a melancholy bugle song called "Taps," occurs at 10:00 p.m. And on the next day the routine starts over again. Oh, and there are no weekends, no breaks other than meals, and virtually no contact with family and friends outside of West Point.

    One cadet's description of Beast: "You are challenged in a variety of ways in every developmental area-mentally, physically, militarily, and socially. The system will find your weaknesses, but that's the point- West Point toughens you."

    So, who makes it through Beast?

    It was 2004 and my second year of graduate school in psychology when I set about answering that question, but for decades, the U.S. Army has been asking the same thing. In fact, it was in 1955-almost fifty years before I began working on this puzzle-that a young psychologist named Jerry Kagan was drafted into
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Erscheinungsdatum 01.08.2018
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Ein Must-Read
von Dominik Freinhofer am 09.05.2018
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

Dieses Buch ist für Personen, die herausfinden wollen, warum manche Menschen erfolgreicher und auf ihrem Gebiet besser sind als ihre Mitmenschen. Für die Leute, die selbst zu solchen Menschen werden wollen, ist dieses Buch ein must-read. Duckwort beschreibt, welche Voraussetzungen und Charakteristika notwendig sind, um auf ei... Dieses Buch ist für Personen, die herausfinden wollen, warum manche Menschen erfolgreicher und auf ihrem Gebiet besser sind als ihre Mitmenschen. Für die Leute, die selbst zu solchen Menschen werden wollen, ist dieses Buch ein must-read. Duckwort beschreibt, welche Voraussetzungen und Charakteristika notwendig sind, um auf einem gewissen Gebiet langfristig erfolgreich zu sein und Spitzenleistungen zu erreichen; aber auch, wie man sich diese aneignet. Kurz: Das Buch ist ein Rezept für Erfolg, egal auf welchem Gebiet.