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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
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“Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“Nobody wants to show you the hours and hours of becoming. They'd rather show the highlight of what they've become.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success
“...there are no shortcuts to excellence. Developing real expertise, figuring out really hard problems, it all takes time―longer than most people imagine....you've got to apply those skills and produce goods or services that are valuable to people....Grit is about working on something you care about so much that you're willing to stay loyal to it...it's doing what you love, but not just falling in love―staying in love.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success
“It soon became clear that doing one thing better and better might be more satisfying than staying an amateur at many different things:”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“I won’t just have a job; I’ll have a calling. I’ll challenge myself every day. When I get knocked down, I’ll get back up. I may not be the smartest person in the room, but I’ll strive to be the grittiest.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“as much as talent counts, effort counts twice.”
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“I learned a lesson I’d never forget. The lesson was that, when you have setbacks and failures, you can’t overreact to them.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit
“...grit grows as we figure out our life philosophy, learn to dust ourselves off after rejection and disappointment, and learn to tell the difference between low-level goals that should be abandoned quickly and higher-level goals that demand more tenacity. The maturation story is that we develop the capacity for long-term passion and perseverance as we get older.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success
“...interests are not discovered through introspection. Instead, interests are triggered by interactions with the outside world. The process of interest discovery can be messy, serendipitous, and inefficient. This is because you can't really predict with certainty what will capture your attention and what won't...Without experimenting, you can't figure out which interests will stick, and which won't.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success
“When you keep searching for ways to change your situation for the better, you stand a chance of finding them. When you stop searching, assuming they can’t be found, you guarantee they won”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“Yes, but the main thing is that greatness is doable. Greatness is many, many individual feats, and each of them is doable.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“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.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“It isn't suffering that leads to hopelessness. It's suffering you think you can't control.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“At its core, the idea of purpose is the idea that what we do matters to people other than ourselves.”
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“I have a feeling tomorrow will be better is different from I resolve to make tomorrow better.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“One form of perseverance is the daily discipline of trying to do things better than we did yesterday. So,”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“most dazzling human achievements are, in fact, the aggregate of countless individual elements, each of which is, in a sense, ordinary.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“Stop reading so much and go think.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“Passion for your work is a little bit of discovery, followed by a lot of development, and then a lifetime of deepening.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“No whining. No complaining. No excuses.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“Staying on the treadmill is one thing, and I do think it’s related to staying true to our commitments even when we’re not comfortable. But getting back on the treadmill the next day, eager to try again, is in my view even more reflective of grit. Because when you don’t come back the next day—when you permanently turn your back on a commitment—your effort plummets to zero. As a consequence, your skills stop improving, and at the same time, you stop producing anything with whatever skills you have.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“Three bricklayers are asked: “What are you doing?” The first says, “I am laying bricks.” The second says, “I am building a church.” And the third says, “I am building the house of God.” The first bricklayer has a job. The second has a career. The third has a calling.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“Well okay, that didn’t go so well, but I guess I will just carry on.’ ”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“As soon as possible, experts hungrily seek feedback on how they did. Necessarily, much of that feedback is negative. This means that experts are more interested in what they did wrong—so they can fix it—than what they did right. The active processing of this feedback is as essential as its immediacy.”
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“In other words, we want to believe that Mark Spitz was born to swim in a way that none of us were and that none of us could. We don’t want to sit on the pool deck and watch him progress from amateur to expert. We prefer our excellence fully formed. We prefer mystery to mundanity.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“Passion begins with intrinsically enjoying what you do.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“Our vanity, our self-love, promotes the cult of the genius,” Nietzsche said. “For if we think of genius as something magical, we are not obliged to compare ourselves and find ourselves lacking. . . . To call someone ‘divine’ means: ‘here there is no need to compete.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“There’s a vast amount of research on what happens when we believe a student is especially talented. We begin to lavish extra attention on them and hold them to higher expectations. We expect them to excel, and that expectation becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“When I am around people,” Kat wrote, “my heart and soul radiate with the awareness that I am in the presence of greatness. Maybe greatness unfound, or greatness underdeveloped, but the potential or existence of greatness nevertheless. You never know who will go on to do good or even great things or become the next great influencer in the world—so treat everyone like they are that person.”
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

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