The quality of grit helps people throughout their lives, in many different contexts. It is a useful and important quality that can lead to life satisfaction and happiness. Angela Duckworth’s work Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is a step-by-step guidebook for both fostering the quality of grit within yourself and helping your children, students or employees unlock the power of grit for themselves.
There is a lot to admire here. Most of the information Duckworth presents is backed by hard data, and where it is not, the author is scrupulous in explaining how she arrived at her conclusions (based on her own life experiences). She draws inspiration from many different sources, which is something of a mixed bag. Large percentages of her examples come from her experiences with West Point Academy and with the world of sports — readers who aren’t sports fans, or have little interest in the military, might struggle with applying these examples to their own lives. Furthermore, there is a notable discussion that leverages scientific research on dogs conducted in the 1960s. Animal lover or not, it might be difficult to digest.
Nevertheless, Duckworth’s writing style is a model of clarity in communication. The information in Grit is solid and lays out a clear path of action for anyone who chooses to follow it.