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Table of Contents
Part I: What Grit Is and Why It Matters
	Chapter 1: Showing Up
	Chapter 2: Distracted by Talent
	Chapter 3: Effort Counts Twice
	Chapter 4: How Gritty Are You?
	Chapter 5: Grit Grows
Part II: Growing Grit from the Inside Out
	Chapter 6: Interest
	Chapter 7: Practice
	Chapter 8: Purpose
	Chapter 9: Hope
Part III: Growing Grit from the Outside In
	Chapter 10: Parenting For Grit
	Chapter 11: The Playing Fields of Grit
	Chapter 12: A Culture of Grit
	Chapter 13: Conclusion
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Praise for Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

“Profoundly important. For eons, we’ve been trapped inside the myth of innate talent. Angela
Duckworth shines a bright light into a truer understanding of how we achieve. We owe her a great

—David Shenk, author of The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Genetics, Talent, and IQ

“Enlightening . . . teaches that life’s high peaks aren’t necessarily conquered by the naturally
nimble but, rather, by those willing to endure, wait out the storm, and try again.”

—Ed Viesturs, seven-time climber of Mount Everest and author of No Shortcuts to the Top

“Masterful . . . offers a truly sane perspective: that true success comes when we devote
ourselves to endeavors that give us joy and purpose.”

—Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive

“Readable, compelling, and totally persuasive. The ideas in this book have the potential to transform
education, management, and the way its readers live. Angela Duckworth’s is a national

—Lawrence H. Summers, former secretary of the treasury and President Emeritus at Harvard University

“Fascinating. Angela Duckworth pulls together decades of psychological research, inspiring success
stories from business and sports, and her own unique personal experience and distills it all into a set
of practical strategies to make yourself and your children more motivated, more passionate, and more
persistent at work and at school.”

—Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed

“A thoughtful and engaging exploration of what predicts success. takes on widespread
misconceptions and predictors of what makes us strive harder and push further . . . Duckworth’s own
story, wound throughout her research, ends up demonstrating her theory best: passion and
perseverance make up grit.”

—Tory Burch, chairman, CEO and designer of Tory Burch

“An important book . . . In these pages, the leading scholarly expert on the power of grit (what my
mom called ‘stick-to-it-iveness’) carries her message to a wider audience, using apt anecdotes and
aphorisms to illustrate how we can usefully apply her insights to our own lives and those of our

—Robert D. Putnam, professor of public policy at Harvard University and author of Bowling Alone and Our Kids

“Empowering . . . Angela Duckworth compels attention with her idea that regular individuals who
exercise self-control and perseverance can reach as high as those who are naturally talented—that
your mindset is as important as your mind.”

—Soledad O’Brien, chairman of Starfish Media Group and former coanchor of CNN’s American Morning

“Invaluable . . . In a world where access to knowledge is unprecedented, this book describes the key
trait of those who will optimally take advantage of it. will inspire everyone who reads it to stick
to something hard that they have a passion for.”

—Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy

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Whatever your age, it’s never too early or late to begin cultivating a sense of purpose. I have three
recommendations, each borrowed from one of the purpose researchers mentioned in this chapter.

David Yeager recommends

In several longitudinal experiments, David Yeager and his colleague Dave Paunesku asked high
school students, “How could the world be a better place?” and then asked them to draw connections
to what they were learning in school. In response, one ninth grader wrote, “I would like to get a job
as some sort of genetic researcher. I would use this job to help improve the world by possibly
engineering crops to produce more food. . . .” Another said, “I think that having an education allows
you to understand the world around you. . . . I will not be able to help anyone without first going to

This simple exercise, which took less than a class period to complete, dramatically energized
student engagement. Compared to a placebo control exercise, reflecting on purpose led students to
double the amount of time they spent studying for an upcoming exam, work harder on tedious math
problems when given the option to watch entertaining videos instead, and, in math and science
classes, bring home better report card grades.

Amy Wrzesniewski recommends

Amy calls this idea “job crafting,” and it’s an intervention she’s been studying with fellow
psychologists Jane Dutton, Justin Berg, and Adam Grant. This is not a Pollyanna, every-job-can-be-
nirvana idea. It is, simply, the notion that whatever your occupation, you can maneuver within your
job description—adding, delegating, and customizing what you do to match your interests and values.

Amy and her collaborators recently tested this idea at Google. Employees working in positions
that don’t immediately bring the word to mind—in sales, marketing, finance, operations, and
accounting, for example—were randomly assigned to a job-crafting workshop. They came up with
their own ideas for tweaking their daily routines, each employee making a personalized “map” for
what would constitute more meaningful and enjoyable work. Six weeks later, managers and
coworkers rated the employees who attended this workshop as significantly happier and more

Finally, Bill Damon recommends . He’d like you to
respond in writing to some of the questions he uses in his interview research, including, “Imagine
yourself fifteen years from now. What do you think will be most important to you then?” and “Can you
think of someone whose life inspires you to be a better person? Who? Why?”

When I carried out Bill’s exercise, I realized that the person in my life who, more than anyone, has
shown me the beauty of other-centered purpose is my mom. She is, without exaggeration, the kindest
person I’ve ever met.

Growing up, I didn’t always appreciate Mom’s generous spirit. I resented the strangers who
shared our table every Thanksgiving—not just distant relatives who’d recently emigrated from China,
but their roommates, and their roommates’ friends. Pretty much anyone who didn’t have a place to go
who happened to run into my mom in the month of November was warmly welcomed into our home.

One year, Mom gave away my birthday presents a month after I’d unwrapped them, and another,
she gave away my sister’s entire stuffed animal collection. We threw tantrums and wept and accused
her of not loving us. “But there are children who need them more,” she said, genuinely surprised at
our reaction. “You have so much. They have so little.”

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hazing at, 258–59
Whole Candidate Score and, 6, 9, 10

University College London, 25
University of California, Berkeley, 233
University of Houston, 238
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), 254–58
University of Pennsylvania, 155, 190, 191, 237
University of Southern California (USC), 262

Vaillant, George, 47–48, 49, 86
Values. See Core values
Vanguard, 185
Vetri, Marc, 100, 103, 105–6
Voltaire, 76

War for Talent, The (Michaels, Hanfield-Jones, and Axelrod), 26–27, 29–30
“War for Talent, The” (report), 26
Washington, George, 76
Watson, John, 200, 211, 212
Watson, Nora, 151–52
Watts, Alan, 155
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, 83
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 83
West, Kanye, 187
West Point. See United States Military Academy at West Point
Wharton School of Business, 53, 86, 159, 191
What the **** Is Normal?! (Martinez), 201
Whole Candidate Score (West Point), 6, 9, 10
“Why?” questions, 63, 89
Willingham, Dan, 317n
Willingham, Warren, 226–30, 231, 234–35, 317n
Wilson, Russell, 264
Win Forever (Carroll), 261–62
Winter War, 250–51
Wise (authoritative) parenting, 211–16
Wooden, John, 61, 264

as a calling (see Calling)
career changes and, 112
core values in, 166–67
disengagement in, 98
lack of direction in, 101–3
passion for, 97–99, 103

World According to Garp, The (Irving), 44
Writing, 44–46
Wrzesniewski, Amy, 149–50, 152–53, 155, 166–67

X Factor, The (television program), 31

Yale University, 31, 149
Yeager, David, 160, 166, 218–19
Young, LeGrande (“Grit”), 202, 203, 204–7
Young, Mike, 204
Young, Sherry, 204–6
Young, Steve, 201–7, 210, 211, 215, 226

Zookeepers, 150

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