This book should go down as a classic in behavioral psychology. It is an inside look into what makes us fail, rise, and fail again, all for a purpose far beyond the realm of immediate gratification. Philosophical, indeed, but more practical than theoretical. Here are some of Duckworth’s worthy points:
- Do something hard, every single day of your life.
- Talent × effort = skill. Skill × effort = achievement.
- Effort counts twice.
- “A focus on talent distracts us from something that is at least as important, and that is effort.”
The criticisms this book has faced question whether she has truly added something to our society, or simply reformulated that which we already knew. Granted, most working class citizens understand that hard work and perseverance are key ingredients to success. Yet, Angela does go deeper, as she looks at why this is true, and how an individual can become more gritty in life. What does it take to develop a deeper repertoire of grit? It is to this point that I find her work to be innovative, and thus worth reading.