A Book Review by Vernitra Jones
Friday, October 19, 2018
I first started listening to GRIT: THE POWER OF PASSION AND PERSEVERANCE by psychologist Angela Duckworth back in the spring of 2017 when I was living in New York City. I remember listening to the beginning of the book during my morning jogs/walks at the Riverbank State Park across the street from my apartment on Riverside Drive. In this well-researched work, Duckworth expounds on the life-changing power of dogged determination and follow-through.
I really enjoyed the book through the middle but then found myself losing steam. While I certainly appreciate Duckworth’s extensive research and abundant profiles of grit paragons from multiple disciplines, after a while I began to find myself a little bored with the content. I stepped away from the book for quite some time and would dip in and out of it sporadically over the next year. (I know, ironic right? Dipping in and out of a book about persistence!) This week, however, I decided to muster all my grit and push through to the end.
While my interest in the book did wane in the latter chapters, overall I definitely benefited from Duckworth’s constantly reinforced message on the power of persistence, and it moved me to deeply consider ways in which I can apply her principles to my own life.
I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the psychology of success and to readers who need some motivation in their lives.
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (May 3, 2016)
Listening Length: 9 hours and 22 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Audible.com Release Date: May 3, 2016