Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

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In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”

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 Grit, she takes readers into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.

Among Grit’s most valuable insights:

*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
*Which is better for your child—a warm embrace or high standards
*The magic of the Hard Thing Rule

Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference.
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Angela Duckworth, PhD, is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. She is also the Founder and Scientific Director of the Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. She completed her BA in neurobiology at Harvard, her MSc in neuroscience at Oxford, and her PhD in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is her first book and an instant New York Times bestseller.

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Simon and Schuster
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May 3, 2016
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781501111129
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English
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Business & Economics / Personal Success
Education / Professional Development
Self-Help / Personal Growth / General
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Comment la passion et de la persévérance forgent les destins et comment la cultiver ?
La psychologue Angela Duckworth démontre aux parents, étudiants, enseignants, sportifs et entrepreneurs – aguerris ou néophytes – que le secret d’un succès éclatant ne réside pas dans de quelconques prédispositions mais dans ce qu’elle entend par « pugnacit頻 : la passion alliée à la persévérance.
Enseignante-chercheuse de renom, Angela Duckworth évoque ici ses passages successifs par l’enseignement, le conseil aux entreprises et les neurosciences pour étayer son hypothèse que le succès ne s’explique pas par le « génie » mais un dosage unique de passion et d’opiniâtreté.
Au fil des pages, elle conduit le lecteur auprès de sportifs, d’artistes, de militaires, de grands hommes d’affaires, d’enseignants qui leur livrent comment ils ont développé leur pugnacité.
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Pourquoi le moindre effort en vue d’atteindre votre objectif compte double.
Comment s’acquiert la pugnacité indépendamment du QI ou des circonstances. Comment aider nos enfants à se concentrer durablement sur leurs activités ? Quelle part d’un entraînement optimal implique de la souffrance et quelle part mène à l’extase. Ce qui vaut mieux pour un enfant, d’un soutien inconditionnel ou d’un haut niveau d’exigence.
Vous y découvrirez ce qui se passe dans votre esprit quand vous butez contre un obstacle, et que tout part de là – plutôt que du talent ou de la chance.

Traduit de l’anglais par Marie Boudewyn
Neste livro obrigatório para todos que desejam alcançar o sucesso, a psicóloga Angela Duckworth demonstra para pais, estudantes, educadores, atletas e empreendedores que o segredo para realizações incríveis não é o talento, mas uma mistura de paixão e perseverança que ela chama de “garra” — a capacidade de perseverar e produzir resultados além do puro talento, da sorte ou das eventuais derrotas. 

Ao usar como exemplo a própria história como filha de um cientista que, com frequência, notava sua falta de “genialidade”, Duckworth, agora professora e pesquisadora renomada, descreve as primeiras revelações que a levaram à hipótese de que não é a “genialidade” que realmente conduz ao sucesso, mas uma combinação especial de paixão e perseverança.

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J. P. Morgan a um cartunista da The New Yorker e um treinador da National Football League, entre outros.

Pessoal e inspirador, capaz de transformar vidas, Garra é um livro sobre o que se passa na cabeça das pessoas durante as derrotas e como isso — não o talento ou a sorte — pode fazer toda a diferença. 

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