Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Duckworth, now a celebrated researcher and professor, describes her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.
In this book, Angela takes you through what it takes to find massive success and find genius in your passion. You'll live vicariously through the eyes of new cadets at West Point, spelling bee champions, and peak performers such as Jamie Dimon, Bob Mankoff, and Pete Carroll.
Here are a few of my favorite points:
*Why any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal
*How grit can be learned, regardless of I.Q. or circumstances
*How lifelong interest is triggered
*How much of optimal practice is suffering and how much ecstasy
*The magic of the Hard Thing Rule