After hearing Angela on a TED talk podcast I was interested in reading her book – Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance: Angela Lee Duckworth. I found the first few chapters interesting but felt that after about 70-80 pages I had gotten the main points of the book. I perceived and read to the end, however I found the book had fallen into the same practice that many books in the business/self-help category. It was repeating the same points in two or three different ways, which can become frustrating and make the book seem to move slow and actually take longer to get to the points the author was trying to convey to the reader.

Overall, the book did provide some useful points about why people succeed at different stages of their and levels of their careers and that passion, perseverance, patience and grit get you through many stages of life and more successful in your careers. I would recommend that you watch Angela’s TED talk and read or listen to some her interviews and you will obtain the same amount of knowledge and insight as you would reading the book.

Angela Lee Duckworth – TED Talk

Angela Duckworth on Passion, Grit and Success

The Limits of “Grit” – New Yorker