Those who make it, work and stick with it. I leave you my impression of Angela Duckworth Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance along with some of the best Angela Duckworth Quotes.

We must begin our adventure up to that mountain by recognizing that the winners and losers of life are the same. Only an attitude of grit separates the two positions. Those who make it, work and stick it out.

The recommendation for this week is The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Dr. Angela Duckworth. The book is better known as ‘Grit.’

angela duckworth quotes 1“The highly accomplished were paragons of perseverance.” — ANGELA DUCKWORT



Merriam-Webster’s fourth definition of ‘grit’ is the firmness of mind or spirit: unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.

“What we eventually accomplish may depend more on our passion and perseverance than on our innate talent.”

Grit is the ability to carry on after failure. Be gritty and you will achieve.

You may feel uncomfortable like your life ought to be more. You are good at too many things and can’t decide which is worth your complete dedication. Or more likely, you are completely lost and have been made to feel incapable and deficient. If only someone would just tell you what to do for fulfillment.

You are missing a purpose.

I see finding your calling as a journey to the top of a mountain. Kristina simplifies the imagery. She says it is simple. She creates the illusion of a rope and says your dreams are at the end of it. Pulling is working hard at something purposefully, every day. Then Kristina pauses before she leans in for a dare, “Start pulling.”

Every tug you make on the rope, no matter how faint, will bring your dreams closer. Very reminiscent of Abraham Lincoln’s, “I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”


angela duckworth quotes 2“Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.” — ANGELA DUCKWORTH


Kristina redefined how I regard effort. Manifestation is fuelled only by endeavor. You need to have something that you want in life. Maintain a keen interest in acquiring it. Practice the skills required, daily. Remember why it is so important for you to keep pulling on the rope. And most of all, have hope that all your work will pay off. You have to especially latch on to hope when things aren’t going very well.

If you allow yourself to enjoy this mindset, you will be successful. In this book, Dr. Angela Duckworth explains why.

The scrupulous author would say to you, “Don’t just have a job, have a calling. Fight for that thing what makes you want to get up after you get knocked down because you will need that energy. Becoming successful is difficult.” Be gritty. “Because in the long run, grit may matter more than talent.”

But wait. Sounds a lot like the noise you have heard many times before, right? The same sermon at a different church? Wrong. Grit motivates through science.

Dr. Angela Duckworth is a phycologist and MacArthur Fellowship award-winning writer. Worth mentioning that she graduated from Harvard University, the University of Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania. She too toiled over her craft till her peers recognized her as a genius. Her book will open you up, embed grit deep inside you and stitch you back whole again. Trust her. She is a doctor.

Grit, The Power of Passion and Perseverance, will connect you to the attitude you need to accomplish your dreams.

angela duckworth quotes 3“Passion for your work is a little bit of discovery, followed by a lot of development, and then a lifetime of deepening.” — ANGELA DUCKWORTH


You need to work. You need to focus on improving, and if you like, climb that mountain. Play the violin every day. Think of basketball every hour. Rehearse songs in your head frequently. Get to practicing and keep pulling on that rope, hoping that the next time you tug, your dreams will fall into your arms. But be ready for a long grind.

Ability, zeal and a capacity for hard labor. Everything you will ever read, everything that inspires you to achieve will always center on these three tenets. There is a reason for that. They are laws of success, and Dr. Duckworth describes how they work while offering possible applications in your life. You don’t need to be born remarkably.

Talent is only a head start on a race towards many obstacles and pitfalls. The winner is he who possesses the faculty and enthusiasm to keep going. The champion that crosses the finish line knows never to give up, to fight through frustration, doubt, and insecurity.

But your main fear is a question, “can you do it?” A lamentation echoes in your head, old voices you know well, “I was not born special. I don’t have it. I won’t make it.”

angela duckworth quotes 4“Gritty people do more deliberate practice and experience more flow.” — ANGELA DUCKWORTH

And this feeling is exactly what connects you to every other great individual that you adore. They too struggled with the same doubts, but they overcame, and we never talk about their struggles. We sidestep and look through their hardships as the transparent elephant in the room.

We think we will not make it because we assume that others are talented, we are not.

But you can earn talent. And no one will bother to ask you how you got your hands on some outstanding ability. Admitting that hard work is the key, forces people to accept that they are consciously choosing an unchallenged life.

The success stories that motivate you pulled the same rope that you have in front of you.

In her book, Dr. Duckworth brings up the question, “why do we worship what we assume to be natural-born talent more than concentrated human effort? After all, plain-old-sleeves-up hard work makes more success than any other facet of human application?”

angela duckworth quotes 5“Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” — ANGELA DUCKWORTH


To answer her directly, I borrow a thought from another book, Status Anxiety, by Alain de Botton. In which the Swiss-born author describes our uneasiness with people who are just like us but are viewed as more successful than us.

We can all accept that Einstein is brilliant. We deem him as the sole possessor of some extraordinary gift.

We can sleep well at night if we see Michael Phelps scoop up a bunch of gold medals at another quadrennial Olympic game. We assume that he was genetically blessed at birth.

It is not our fault that we do not have what they, the captains of achievement, have amassed. Nature made its choice. The fortunate are born with something special.

But if we grow up with Michael Phelps, Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, Mozart or even Thomas Edison, we would have seen each of them putting in a hard shift, every day.

When we turn away from our passions, we turn down the opportunity to become great through hard work. All because hard work is painful, though its result is always delightfully the same.

I have had many conversations with a few in the twilight of their years. Unlike my expectations, they don’t mention regret of being too scared to chase a dream.

Though, they are bitter. Many of them scoff. They explain that big ideas are a small phase in a long lifespan. They recount their 20’s and roll their eyes to say, “I was just like you when I was your age. Life is just not like that. You will see.”

Quite often, these influential business people, retired fathers, and family keeping mothers tell me that they tried. They saw the world as full of problems and wanted to do something about it. They say they tried and gave up.

You get what you tolerate from your life, no matter how challenging. Grit doesn’t quit.

angela duckworth quotes 6“As much as talent counts, effort counts twice.” — ANGELA DUCKWORTH



You may be worried that grit is something that one must be born with, that you may be excluded from even this fundamental ingredient of success. Dr. Duckworth explains that just about everything that makes us human is a combination of genetics and our experience. Grit is one of those things you can practice. There is no gene for grit.

The old that chose the trodden path, the unexcited and predictable life, many of them had beautiful dreams but gave up on trying. They settled before ever actually testing their limits. But if you try long enough, you realize you have no boundaries. You can’t give in.

Dr. Angela Duckworth writes about cultivating a crucial mentality for yourself. Grit is its force of nature. Read the book to fuel your passions.


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