Grit by Angela Duckworth

When this book first popped up on my recommendations on Amazon, I was very dismissive. I have read plenty of books that take a very basic concept and stretch it unnecessarily over three hundred arduous pages. This book looked like the others, so I skipped it.

One day I was driving home, listening to some podcasts and I was shocked to hear about the book Grit and its author. The podcast was extremely fascinating. I was hooked. The next day I bought the book, two days later it arrived, I started reading it, and I couldn’t put it down. Grit is an exceptional book.

Some things in life are inevitable: death, taxes, and old people criticizing young people. Over the past few years, I have read plenty of literature lambasting millennials for being entitled and lazy, but if you look at history, every generation during the emerging adult years have been criticized. Every generation has had its failures and its successes. Grit is one constant we find in most successes. Grit may appear differently to others, but Grit keeps things going. Grit is the difference.

Duckworth defines grit as a combination of interest, practice, purpose and hope. Hope being the glue that kind of holds everything together. She then demonstrates how to develop grit in yourself and how to develop grit in others (i.e. kids, students, employees, etc.).

I really enjoyed this book. At times I felt empowered, as my own sense of grittiness was affirmed. At other times, I felt discouraged, as my lack of dedication felt exposed. However, in the end, I felt a renew sense of hope. I have experienced my share of setbacks and speed bumps, and it can be very disheartening in those moments. But, when I look at these obstacles as merely annoyances and not hindrances, I receive a renewed sense of optimism and inspiration. These obstacles are merely parts of my foundation.

This is a great book.

“Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.”

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