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Summary

Angela Duckworth's Grit is her attempt at sharing the secret to success. For many years, Duckworth conducted research about what causes one person to be more successful than another. Duckworth offers that, in order to be successful, one needs to have grit: the combination of passion and perseverance.

Duckworth claims that the combination of passion and perseverance drive effort, which—in turn—increases skill which leads to success. She conducted research on students at West Point Academy, athletes, students in a spelling bee, and business people and found the same results in each study: those with more determination and passion for their work were able to achieve more.

A major point that Duckworth makes in her book is that talent does not play as big of a role in success as many people believe it does. She argues that, by having long-term goals and the endurance to reach these goals, people with less talent can be more successful. Duckworth gives specific examples such as Pete Carroll, the coach of the Seattle Seahawks, and how his team uses her research to their advantage. Duckworth also describes the rigorous studying of students competing in the...

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