Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance — my reading experience.
Picking this book was a deliberate effort to win over my habit of procrastination and leaving projects in between when other things ask for my attention. I went through a number of titles before narrowing down to Grit.
The book, right from the start, it has a captivating tone to it. The ambiance of the book majorly resolved around the psychology of achievement. You know you are reading well researched material when you find every instance backed with science, facts and a story worth writing about. The humans/characters and their stories which Miss Duckworth decided to include are relatable. If you ever decided to learn to play an instrument but gave up, if you started a project but never finished, if you bought a gym membership but never went ahead to use it — everything resolves around the amount of grit you possess.
A lot has been discussed about the “Grit Scale” and its viability in various domains. Not only that, Miss Duckworth goes ahead specifying studies where the “Grit Scale” can actually predict the ratio of people sticking to a given task after some period of time (like years). The results of the studies are mind boggling at times.
The book touches on what grit is, how it affects our daily lives and how it can be developed. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard — this showcases the importance of grit and perseverance.
The read in between becomes a bit monotonous too (my personal take), as the same point has been put through via different stories. Now this also shows that the phenomenon of grit is present around us in amounts we cannot fathom, which in turn increases the importance of understanding the concept of grit.
One thing that I will remember was how I understood the importance of being in the right place at the right time. I discovered the reason behind Olympians waking up at 4 a.m and going to practice — it’s because they are surrounded by other Olympians who wake up at 4 a.m. Though it sounds fancy and things that super-humans do, but its majorly because of the environment they are in: A grittier environment, flooded with people that rank high on the “Grit Scale”.
There is something for the parents too. As Miss Duckworth specifies that grit can be developed, hence it is a good option for parents to give it a read and help your children grow with this important trait. The difference between various styles of parenting — submissive and dominant is also shown and how it impacts the character of the child is well put.
For me, the one thing that I’ll be taking away from this book is — I am not giving up ever again. I understood that:
“To be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. To be gritty is to hold fast to an interesting and purposeful goal. To be gritty is to invest, day after week after year, in challenging practice. To be gritty is to fall down seven times, and rise eight!”
I would definitely recommend this book to people who are struggling to focus on 1 thing, to students and to athletes to exponentially increase their throughput and to employers and to employees to form a grittier work environment as a gritter environment surely is a recipe for success.