Grit by Angela Duckworth has been around for a few years but it only came on my radar recently. In her book, Duckworth asks: what is it that sets successful people apart from others? She patiently and deftly builds an evidence based answer to that question concluding that passion and resilience, the combination of which she calls “grit”, are the ingredients for success. The book is full of inspiring examples of success achieved through grit.
The good news is that grit is not a fixed trait and Duckworth presents us with methods to cultivate grit. The way experts (whether they be authors, business people or sports stars) practice their skills is an example of grit. They hone in on improving specific weaknesses, deliberate practice, rather than focussing on what they are already good at.
I read this book at a pivotal moment; I have a deep passion for producing my podcast but it is, for the most part, a solitary pursuit and I often wonder if all the hard work I do is translating into benefits for anyone. Duckworth’s book strengthened my inner resolve to continue working towards my passion and to keep practising, especially the things I am not good at (yet). All the stories of success in Grit illustrate how vital perseverance is to creating something worthwhile, whether it be a business, a successful sporting team or a work of art.
If you are stuck and need some inspiration or sound advice, I recommend Grit.