September’s book club choice provides us with a reminder to keep optimistic and ambitious with Dr Angela Duckworth’s book Grit. Duckworth is an award-winning psychologist who has researched thoroughly into how, what she has coined, ‘grit’ is the answer to success.
To quickly summarise her theory, Duckworth’s ‘Grit Formula’ focuses on six key factors: hope, effort, precision, passion, ritual, and prioritisation. With success being completely relative to your circumstance, whether you’re studying or looking to reach a career goal, Duckworth’s research aims to prove just why stubbornness and patience will deliver more positive outcomes than those who don’t persevere with their innate talent. Angela Duckworth’s grounded and valuable advice is relatable and refreshing, catering to whether you already have goals in mind or if you have yet to find your true passion, she will advise you through any scenario with the knowledge that even determination is something learnt. Read on for our favourite quotes and find your own copy here.
“With everything perfect, we do not ask how it came to be. Instead, we rejoice in the present fact as though it came out of the ground by magic. No one can see in the work of the artist how it has become.”
“The four psychological assets of interest, practice, purpose, and hope are not you have it or you don’t commodities. You can learn to discover, develop, and deepen your interests. You can acquire the habit of discipline. You can cultivate a sense of purpose and meaning. And you can teach yourself to hope.”
“Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.”