Grit Chapter 5 - The Power of Passion & Perseverance by Angela Duckworth


GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Chapter 5: Grit Grows

Is grit more like height or more like language?

How much of our grit is in our genes?

In this chapter Angela shows how much of grit is in our DNA. She concludes that both genes and experience influence grit, talent, and all other psychological traits relevant to success in life. There is not a single gene for grit and this is true for any psychological traits as well

According to Angela, there are four psychological assets that enhance grit.

1.       Interest: Passion begins with intrinsically enjoying what you do.

2.       Practice: One form of perseverance is the daily discipline to do things better than we did yesterday.

3.       Purpose: What ripens passion is the conviction that your work matters.

4.       Hope: Hope is a “rising to the occasion” kind of perseverance.

The common theme, as I continue to read this book, is perseverance; the ability to keep going even with it is hard and even when you feel like quitting.  If we stay down when we are knocked down, grit losses. If we get up, grit prevails.

According to Angela Duckworth, the four psychological assets of interest, practice, purpose, and hope are not “you have it or you don’t” commodities. 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.

You can grow your grit from the inside out. If you’d like to know how, I would suggest that you continue to read this book.


Remember; reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body!  Take care, Constance