Angela Duckworth – Grit Audiobook
Grit: The Power of passion and perseverance is a scientific dissemination book published in 2016 by Scribner, in which Dr. Angela Duckworth narrates the results of years of research around the origin, development and impact of Grit (a combination of passion and determination) in the personal and professional lives of several of his paragons ranging from the Seattle Seahawks football team to writer John Irving. Angela Duckworth – Grit Audiobook .
Dr. Duckworth is a professor from Pennsylvania, has given at least one Ted Talk, and in 2013 was awarded the MacArthur Fellow Scholarship also known as the Genius Scholarship. It has been structured in several parts, each of which covers the definition of Grit, its relevance in professional life, the elements that generate it as a quality of some people, the conditions that help to develop. Possibly the last section is the most interesting for most readers, since it addresses how to develop this quality in our professional life, as well as some generalities about how parents can help their children, and the leaders in their teams. Each of these sections is documented and supported with references to the results of years of research and experiments, without this interfering with the fluency of the reading.
For me, the most valuable thing in this book was the clarity with which she explains her research and the way in which it is related in a practical way in daily, academic and work life. In particular, the exercises for prioritizing career goals seemed valuable to me, as did the self-assessment exercises and tips for exercising perseverance in the classroom. I think it is a valuable book for today’s professionals who have to watch over their own development, but especially for educators who are not sure how to implement a culture of hard work in educational spaces.
Everyone knows the Japanese proverb “Fall seven times, get up eight”, yet its application varies greatly depending on the individual, some can get up a hundred times and others stay on the ground the second time. Angela Duckworth, who teaches psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, passed through Oxford and Harvard, offers us a fascinating investigation into the nature of psychological qualities such as pugnacity, perseverance, willpower, ultimately the niac… Her approach responds to a series of enlightening questions on the subject. How can we develop our determination and fight all the good reasons that keep us away from it? How to reveal and cultivate the passions which are in us? How can we help our children to stimulate their concentration? What is better for children, unconditional support or a high level of demand?
Duckworth recalls Cox’s study of the greatest geniuses. According to him not all can boast of excellent academic results but they only stood out on four points:
– The ability to work towards distant goals, to actively prepare for the future.
– The propensity not to give up a task for the simple pleasure of varying it, not to seek novelty as such.
– The calm determination to stick to an established trajectory.
– The tendency not to give up when faced with obstacles.
From these premises Angela Duckworth will extend her investigations to businessmen, artists, athletes and teachers in order to widen the question of the niac to the maximum possible personalities. Reading “The Art of the Niac” highlights the fact that one must know how to stick to a goal that is useful to others and important to oneself and to surpass oneself in what Duckworth calls reflective practice. We must recognize in the American psychologist a real talent for arousing the enthusiasm of the reader by transmitting the essence of her work.
This book should be read because it can constitute, at the turn of a page, a real revelation for the reader, a revelation which could save him a lot of time.
Pugnacity, perseverance, will …, in short what we colloquially call the niac, are more important faculties for success than talent.
Angela Duckworth’s fascinating survey of businessmen, artists, athletes, teachers …, as well as the latest discoveries in neuroscience prove that success depends less on “genius” than on a subtle balance between passion and stubbornness.
How to reveal and cultivate the passions which are in us? How can we develop our determination and fight all the good reasons that keep us away from it? How can we help our children to stimulate their concentration? What is better for children, unconditional support or a high level of demand? Angela Duckworth – Grit Audiobook .