August 23, 2016

Book Reflection: Grit by Angela Duckworth

I finished reading this book over the weekend and I'm happy to be finally writing a new blog post after a month long hiatus.

Grit by Angel Duckworth
The first time I heard the concept of Grit was during the Xavier School Parent's Orientation last year. We were shown the TED video of Angela Duckworth and we were told that, as parents, we all need to teach our kids a little grit.

I was immediately interested in the topic and was happy to see that the book was available locally. This book actually jumped my reading list queue! I just had to read it as soon as possible.

Some of my key takeaways:

Talent is NOT everything. Talent can only get you so far. In many studies conducted, talent doesn't necessarily equate to success. We have this misconception that the most successful people got to the top because of pure natural talent. What many people don't see is the countless hours put in, behind the scenes, to help these champions get to the top. This is where grit comes into play. These successful people appear to have an extra gear that keeps pushing them forward, past the pain and failure, and towards their goal. When many people may have quit because things got too hard, these gritty people pushed forward and got more from their talents just because they wanted to.