Impressively fresh and original… Grit scrubs away preconceptions about how far our potential can take us.

Susan Cain, Author of Quiet

Grit is a persuasive and fascinating response to the cult of IQ fundamentalism. Duckworth reminds us that it is character and perseverance that set the successful apart.

Malcolm Gladwell, Bestselling author

Psychologists have spent decades searching for the secret of success, but Angela Duckworth is the one who found it. In this smart and lively book, she not only tells us what it is, but also how to get it.

Daniel Gilbert, Author of Stumbling on Happiness

About the Author

In her late twenties, Angela Duckworth left a demanding job as a management consultant to teach math to seventh graders in the New York City public schools. Several years in the classroom taught her that effort was tremendously important to success. To begin to solve the mystery of why some people work so much harder and longer than others, Angela entered the PhD program in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is now a professor. She is also a 2013 MacArthur fellow and founder and scientific director of the Character Lab.

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Don’t Grade Schools on Grit Angela Duckworth, The New York Times


A fascinating tour of the psychological research on success...A great service of Ms. Duckworth's book is her down-to-earth definition of passion. To be gritty, an individual doesn't need to have an obsessive infatuation with a goal. Rather, he needs to show 'consistency over time.' The grittiest people have developed long-term goals and are constantly working toward them.

The Wall Street Journal

Angela Duckworth [is] the psychologist who has made 'grit' the reigning buzzword in education-policy circles...Duckworth's ideas about the cultivation of tenacity have clearly changed some lives for the better...In this book, Duckworth, whose TED talk has been viewed more than eight million times, brings her lessons to the reading public.

Judith Shulevitz, The New York Times Book Review


Angela Duckworth


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  • Stop reading so much and go think.
  • Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.
  • It soon became clear that doing one thing better and better might be more satisfying than staying an amateur at many different things.
  • [The] most dazzling human achievements are, in fact, the aggregate of countless individual elements, each of which is, in a sense, ordinary.

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