This is a must-read, inspiring book. It teaches that natural talent is a bonus, being gritty is what helps you reach your goal.
“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 recommend reading this book more than once and using it as a guide to help you find focus and inspiration.
This book explains the science of grit and how it affects people’s future successes. Basically, if someone is grittier than you, they will blow you out of the water no matter your ‘natural talent’. I thought I was a gritty person but after finishing this book, realize I need to be grittier. It was repetitive and felt a bit long, but I would read more by Angela Duckworth.
What is the number one personality trait that leads to success? #Grit, obviously. The good news is that you’re not born with grit, it is a trait you can develop and strengthen over time. To go deeper I recommend you look to the masters Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi (book: Flow / 1990) and Martin Seligman (book: Learned Optimism / 1991). I loved the parable of the three bricklayers, it says so much about how we view our work and purpose.