“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals.
Grit is having stamina.
Grit is sticking with your future day in, day out.
Not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years.
And working really hard to make that future a reality.
Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” —Angela Duckworth

What if grit, not talent, is the key to success? According to Angela Duckworth’s research, it is. Duckworth is a positive psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania who received a so-called “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation. In her new book, Grit, she elaborates on the components of grit—interest, practice, purpose, and hope—and how to build them.

What if grit is something that can be learned and taught? Again, Duckworth’s research shows that it is: We can cultivate grit and become grittier. Her book offers readers a roadmap for growing our grit and teaching grit to our children. It’s been described as “fascinating,” “a must-read,” “empowering,” and “profoundly important.”

Are you ready to learn more about growing your grit? If so, let’s get gritty by reading the book and then meeting up for our live book discussion on Tuesday, December 6, or leave a comment below.

Book Discussion

When: Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 7:30 pm EST
Conference Call Dial in: 323-476-3997
Conference ID: 218555#
International dial-in numbers click here.
Who should join? Anyone curious about what it takes to be successful; parents, coaches, teachers; all of us who strive for excellence.
Why join? To learn what grit is, and how we can build it.

(from amazon.com)

In this instant New York Times best-seller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—including parents, students, educators, athletes, or businesspeople—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”

Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Duckworth, now a celebrated researcher and professor, describes her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not genius but a unique combination of passion and perseverance.

In Grit, she takes readers into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history, and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

Among Grit’s most valuable insights:

  • Why any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal
  • How grit can be learned, regardless of IQ or circumstances
  • How lifelong interest is triggered
  • How much of optimal practice is suffering and how much is ecstasy
  • Which is better for your child—a warm embrace or high standards
  • The magic of the Hard Thing Rule.

Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference.

About: Mina Simhai

Mina Simhai earned her Certificate in Positive Psychology from the Wholebeing Institute and served as a teaching assistant for CiPP4. She teaches positive psychology at George Washington University. She is also a recovering lawyer, yoga teacher and mother. Her latest project is bringing the tools of positive psychology to lawyers and others in the DC area and across the country. Her top strengths are judgment, love of learning, curiosity, love, and appreciation of beauty. Mina is an avid reader and looks forward to launching the WBI Book Club with you.