May 23, 2017

Grit - The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Power of Habit has references to Grit. I had read articles by Atul Gawande and few more posts on the internet mention Grit. Finally got an opportunity to read the book.

Grit provides many success stories of how people achieved excellence by pursuing a difficult subject over a period of many years. The author explains how having a growth mindset is crucial for success. IQ is nice to have but what we do with the IQ is crucial.

The book teaches importance of passion and finding something that we love to do. By definition it go to be a lifelong pursuit. The proverbial "enjoy the journey" kind of stuff. A good manual to keep motivated to keep learning and hopeful for better outcomes at work and play too.

PS - this book is read by the author Angela Duckworth herself. Good example of someone learning a new trade and getting good at it. I watched her Talks at Google last year and loved it.

Also - the mindset that IQ is the answer to everything is an excuse for not working hard enough. It's pessimistic thinking too.

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