Book Review: Grit by Angela Duckworth

One of the keys to success in life is to stick with something long enough to make it a success. The author asserts that a characteristic that successful people share is what she calls grit.

At first, this book made me feel bad about myself. I think about all of the things that I have left unfinished over the years. Tasks that didn’t add value and so I stopped doing them — all the paths of pursuit that I stopped when I saw that it wasn’t taking me in a direction I wanted to go. All of my ‘quitting’ activity seemed to indicate that I didn’t have very much grit.

My take away from this book is that grit is very important for success. When you practice something and work on it over and over again, the tenacity to keep going is what is going to be the difference. Either you have the grit (resilience) to continue where other’s haven’t, or you will quit at some point in the journey.

This book has admonished us to be gritty and to foster grittiness in ourselves and others. I don’t find that it does a clear job of laying out the research and the reasons behind the gritty success. The premise is that tenacious people win. Getting a reminder of this is good. The author does indicate that effort counts towards your success twice – once when you multiply it by your talent to gain skill, once when you multiply it by your skill to get achievement.

I want to rave about this book because I have heard other people say good things about it. But I can’t tell you that it is the most life-changing book that I have ever read. It is a helpful reminder to stick with things. It tells me that that I should keep on going and not give up so easily. Maybe this is enough to change my trajectory slightly.

I would give this book 3 stars out of 5 for impact on my life.