Duckworth pursues the understand and application of Grit. She meets with Coaches, Teachers, Students, business people.
Many of us, it seems we quit what we start far too early and far too often.
Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.
Any successful person has decided what to do in part by deciding what not to do.
The four psychologist assets of interest, practice, purpose and hope: you can learn to discover, develop. and deepen your interests. You can acquire the habit of discipline. You can cultivate a sense of purpose and meaning. And you can teach yourself to hope.
passion of your work is a little bit of discovery. followed by a lot of development, and then a lifetime of deepening.
kaizen is Japanese for resisting the plateau of arrested development. Its literal translation is “continuous improvement”
To Be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. To be gritty is to hold fast to interesting and purposeful goal. To be gritty is to invest days a week year after year in a challenging practice. To be gritty is to fall down seven times and rise eight.
Throughout this book, we see cases of people failing over and over the one thing that is also common they get up over and over and push through. Duckworth discusses how they have a rule in their family that everyone must try something hard. Ballet, piano, french lessons, and a few others. But the point is is to be trying something hard often and pushing through it. To become gritty you have to push through you have to practice often to make grit a skill.