Grit- The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Author – Angela Duckworth
I wish I read this book two years back. No one would have changed their career stream as many times as I did. My mom told me a lot of times to stabilize. I was foolish. I never listened to her. It took me this book to get that message pushed into my head.
One universal doubt has been answered in this book- “Should I pursue my passion or what I am good at?”
The answer is surprising. You can pursue either of them. It doesn’t really matter at all. You know what matters. Showing up. Showing up at your passion/ job which you are good at no matter what and sticking with it till the end. Passion evaporates quickly. It is the deliberate practise which differentiates normal people from the successful.
If you have a lot of goals and can’t decide which one to pursue she suggests that you write down all of them. Rank them. Stick to top 3 and forget the remaining. Now pursue these with grit.
The author also talks about how she inculcates grit in her daughter. I also want to do it as a family ritual to spend some time daily for grit.
The book overall is one hell of a motivation book where everything has been explained with real life stories from various realms. It is about those who saw the light at the end of the tunnel just because they were practising it day after day.
If you want to understand that grit really works in life, this is the book you need to go to.
My favourite quotes:
“It isn’t suffering that leads to hopelessness. It’s suffering you think you can’t control.”
“Without effort, your talent is nothing more than unmet potential. Without effort, your skill is nothing more than what you could have done but didn’t.”
“as much as talent counts, effort counts twice.”
“Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.”
Happy reading Grit and becoming gritty!