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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance | Angela Duckworth
In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, students, educators, athletes, and business people both seasoned and new that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls grit. Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of genius, Duckworth, now a celebrated researcher and professor, describes her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not genius but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance. In "Grit," she takes readers into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. Among "Grit" s most valuable insights: *Why any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal *How grit can be learned, regardless of I.Q. or circumstances *How lifelong interest is triggered *How much of optimal practice is suffering and how much ecstasy *Which is better for your child a warm embrace or high standards *The magic of the Hard Thing Rule Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, "Grit" is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that not talent or luck makes all the difference."
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Bookwormjillk
Grit | Angela Duckworth
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#TIL: Any successful person has to decide what to do in part by deciding what not to do. #NFNov

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Bookwormjillk
Grit | Angela Duckworth
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#TIL a new definition for passion: Each day, you wake up thinking about the questions you fell asleep thinking about. #NFNov

rsteve388 4 pts 4w
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Bookwormjillk
Grit | Angela Duckworth
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#TIL that passion can be a firework or a compass. I like that image. #NFNov

TheAromaofBooks Oh yes, that is an excellent description. 1mo
sudi I loved watching her TED talk, didn't know it was a book though 😅 1mo
Clwojick 4 pt. 1mo
Clwojick 💕 🔥 1mo
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SaraGarland
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Mehso-so

It took a little grit for me to finish this one. I think it could have been trimmed back a bit and retained its message. Also, the author stumbles into a bit more humble-bragging territory than necessary. Still, there are some very good, strong points that have been researched, and I‘d venture to say that you can use the information to work on your self-motivation.

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SaraGarland
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This quote is why I (and many others) believe in the importance of continuous learning and reflection. “As a colleague of mine likes to joke: some people get twenty years of experience, while others get one year of experience...twenty times in a row.”

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Ashley_Nicoletto
Grit | Angela Duckworth
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May Wrap Up. I‘ve only made it about 300 pages through Eye of the World, but I feel that is an accomplishment.

Favorites:
The Bride Test
Save Me The Plums
Before She Knew Him
Gone with the Wind
The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections

8 audiobooks and 2.25 e-books.

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TamaraH71
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After reading the first chapter of Grit, I started to feel terrible about myself. Then I realized I didn‘t fit into her definition of word grit. This is not a book for me. Into the donation pile it goes.

MyBookSwapClub I tried to read this one...didn't get into it! 7mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Do you guys ever have days where you think maybe you should leave your life behind for something else? New career. New way of living. #currentfeels

I‘m needing this lesson on Grit from Angela Duckworth this week. #currentlisten

Tamra Calgon........ 🛀 7mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @Tamra I could use a long hot bath with a book currently. 🤣🤣 7mo
MicheleinPhilly Only on days that end in “y“. 7mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto @MicheleinPhilly 🤣Trying to figure out how I pay off my student loan and our house as quickly as possibly so I can retire. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
NHLibrarian YES. A timely post, today I was reading a lot about job creep and “vocational awe” as it relates to library jobs and wondering how much longer my colleagues and I are going to last. 7mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @NHLibrarian I had to google job creep, but now I‘m so curious about it. 7mo
Redwritinghood Oh yes. 7mo
Amanda.T Yup. More often than I‘d like to admit. 7mo
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LogiKitty
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New book came in from #thriftbooks! Super excited to read this one ^^

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Sometimes you just need the ultimate you are amazing, you can run those miles, lift those weights, be bad ass at your job pep talks.

Audiobooking through the weekend.

JenlovesJT47 You are awesome! 😘 9mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @JenlovesJT47 Thanks! This post just made me think- do you have any horror post books? I need to update my address with her but wanted to make sure you weren‘t sending anything any time soon. 9mo
JenlovesJT47 I do have one but haven‘t finished it yet. Email me your new address - JenlovesJT47swaps@gmail.com ❤️ 9mo
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JennyM
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17 | #SeptemberDanes

Work has just turned into a 💩🔥 , and I‘ll probably be up all night marking assignments as a result. So, today I‘m using all my self-compassion to say #HeyLove, you got this. Oh, and lots of 👆🏼, lots and lots of 👆🏼, and ☕️ or maybe 🍷

Sorry ladies, the real world is kicking my butt this month - I‘m going to throw my TBR at it 😊

Cinfhen Sorry that work is driving you 🤪🤪🤪sometimes real life is a #buzzKill 😫 1y
TrishB I feel you 😔 1y
CarolynM Don't let the turkeys get you down 🦃🦃🦃 Hope things improve🌺💛 1y
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Kalalalatja Oh no, that sucks! Hope everything improves soon 🤞💕 1y
JennyM @Kalalalatja @Cinfhen @TrishB @CarolynM - thank you my lovely friends . And yes, they are indeed 🦃 😊 But my kids are happy as I‘ve declared beans on toast for dinner and free play on devices lol! 1y
Cathythoughts I hope life eases up a bit for you & soon 😘 1y
JennyM @Cathythoughts thanks lovely lady. Hoping it will ease in a few weeks when all these deadlines are over with. I‘ve read very little this month - my books are looking disapprovingly at me from beside my bed x 1y
DivineDiana Sending love. Just remember to breathe. ❤️ 1y
youneverarrived Hope it eases up soon 😘 1y
JennyM @youneverarrived thanks lovely. Fun and games! 1y
JennyM @DivineDiana thank you for your kind words. All will be well soon - just a crazy few weeks xx 1y
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amyf0x
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A thoroughly researched and captivatingly written book about how grit helps people get shit done, no matter how tough it is or how often they fail.

Read September 2-8
Book 36/50

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JennyM
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25 | #HeatOfJuly #weak

Tipping today‘s prompt firmly on its head - resilience and compassion take courage!

@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cathythoughts Love your take on this one 👍🏻❤️ 1y
TrishB I always get confused when your post pops up and think I‘ve missed a day! Forget that you‘re well ahead 😁 1y
JennyM @TrishB ha, and I always do it first thing early morning, so that makes it early even in Aus. Xxx 1y
Cinfhen Great post!! Love the graphics! 1y
BarbaraBB You nailed it 👍 1y
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GlitterGirl
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I so actually love this quote from Will Smith!!!!! I found it by accident earlier this year and actually printed it out to stick in my inspiration book and here it is again! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

SamHeartCoffee This is awesome. Saved it!! 2y
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GlitterGirl
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"In sum, no matter the domain, the highly successful had a kind of ferocious determination that played out in two ways. First, these exemplars were unusually resilient and hardworking. Second, they knew in a very, very deep way what it was they wanted. They not only had determination, they had direction.
It was this combination of passion and perseverance that made high achievers special. In a word, they had grit.”

#Nonfiction no 5 of 12 in 2018

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Hooked_on_books
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Duckworth explores grit from multiple perspectives, including its components (interest, practice, purpose, hope) and changeability. I‘ve always had a lot of grit but feel I‘ve lost it lately. This helped me see that it‘s still there but certain aspects have taken a hit. While not a how-to, this book can certainly serve as a guide to understanding and increasing grit.

QuoteQueen Does the book mention Sisu? 2y
Hooked_on_books @QuoteQueen Yes, briefly! She uses it to illustrate the idea that grit can be built, which the Finns also believe about sisu. 2y
QuoteQueen @Hooked_on_books oh fantastic! I‘m half Finnish by heritage and was taught about Sisu. Very firm believer it was a factor in much of what I‘ve done. It‘s gonna be part of my next tattoo. 😊 So cool it was mentioned! 2y
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ladym30 What a sweet face! 2y
Hooked_on_books @ladym30 Thank you! That‘s Gunther. He has grit when it comes to napping and squeaky balls. 😂 2y
CindyMyLifeIsLit I need to read this! I love her TED talk. 2y
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cdreincarnate
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This is an excellent book about the power of not giving up. It‘s very well written, engaging, easy to understand, and motivational. This book is the kick in the pants we all need to remind us to get back up when things get tough.

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InnerSavvy
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Listened to this one. Some interesting points. Makes me wish I had done a few different things to foster passion and grit in my kids.

LauraBook Thanks for your review, because of it I am going to purchase this book and it is perfect timing for my life events.. so need this! 2y
InnerSavvy Hope you find inspiration when reading it. @LauraBook 2y
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cdreincarnate
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My grit score is 4.7 (out of 5) which apparently puts me in the 95th percentile.

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clutteredbooks
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Dear morning person,

I have great admiration for you. The way you excitedly get up and prepare for what the day has in store for you. Please give me tips. I find getting up in the morning so hard to do. I force myself to open my eyes and drag myself out of bed. Any kind of help will do.

Thank you!

Night owl in need,
Kathleen

missevievelyn Can‘t tell if this is a serious request lol! But I‘m probably a morning person... I set one alarm by my bed and another a for half hour later across the room, so that I can lounge but still am forced to get out of bed... I usually get up at 6:30 or 7, but then reward myself by reading in bed for an hour, since I don‘t have to leave till 8:20. First thing I do once up is make my coffee and read! 2y
clutteredbooks @missevievelyn serious in a way that I'm late 3/5 times haha! I keep putting my alarm to snooze and then go back to bed. 2y
missevievelyn @wanderful.books hahaha well putting an alarm on the other side of the room is pretty wretched, but it helps with that! 2y
clutteredbooks @missevievelyn I should try that!!! 2y
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cdreincarnate
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“Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.”

I feel like I need this framed and hung on a wall somewhere.

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NeapolitanMan
Mehso-so

Good ideas in it, but I found you got everything you needed to know from the conclusion. There were interesting anecdotal evidence stories brought up but I found only added one person's side. I found some parts to be contradictory or at least bordering on it.

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EchoLogical
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I've been meaning to post this for days but honestly forgot about it. I read these during the holiday break and loved them, well liked Wonder Woman. Grit was an amazing read. As a person who's easily deterred, this book was sorely needed. It covers how "grit" is mainly passion and perseverance and how we can all benefit from being more gritty. I highly recommend the audio.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

EchoLogical 3. (((The tagged book))) 2y
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EchoLogical @TheBookAddict have you read Grit yet? I took away so much from the audio. 2y
TheBookAddict I have not, but I actually heard about it in a podcast which actually isn‘t about books. Duckworth was a guest on it and she talked about the book. I did purchase the some time ago but have not gotten to it. I think I‘ll have to add it to my February TBR. I usually don‘t read the self help kind of books, but this one seems quite interesting. I will give it a go next month since my January TBR is already very ambitious. 😊 2y
Bostonmomx2 @EchoLogical thanks!! I‘ll check it out. 2y
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EchoLogical
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I immediately thought of myself when I heard this portion of the book because it fits to a tee. Growing up I was a great student, skating through high school and my first couple of years of college. Unfortunately, things got tough academically, personally, and financially and not being used to adversity it made sense to give up. I'm listening to this with the hope of learning to develop "grit" in myself and The Kid as well.

Tamra Wisdom! 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 I feel the same way. My husband & I have worked so hard for things in life(education, jobs, etc). We constantly struggle & I feel good about that. I think we appreciate things more or value them more. The people who just float by & never fail (in my opinion) never fully appreciate what they have. I‘m thankful for the little things. I am thankful for falling knowing I‘ve picked myself up and carried on. Great wisdom in this book. Adding ❤️❤️ 2y
robinb @ForeverNerdy nicely said! 👍🙌👏👏👏 2y
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Molly_the_mezzo I use this book extensively at work, and it makes a lot of great points. 2y
EchoLogical @Tamra It took me a while but switching to the audio really helps make her research a lot easier to digest. 2y
EchoLogical @Molly_the_mezzo Where do you work? 2y
Molly_the_mezzo @EchoLogical I work at a university as a research facilitator. Basically my job is to find and catalogue research resources for an educational psychology research project. 2y
EchoLogical @Molly_the_mezzo That sounds amazing 2y
Molly_the_mezzo @EchoLogical It‘s a great job. I also have some chronic illnesses and the job is designed such that I can make my own hours and work from home or from the hospital, so it‘s pretty much perfect. 2y
EchoLogical @Molly_the_mezzo Nice! I'm always jealous of people who've found their dream job. I'm still trying to figure out what I'm passionate about. I feel like I'm getting closer working in a library but I'm still not quite there yet. 2y
Molly_the_mezzo @EchoLogical I think my dream job would be music librarian (my degree is in musicology) but that‘s not feasible at the moment, so this is a great alternative! 2y
EchoLogical @Molly_the_mezzo Oh okay. I finally finished this book last night and loved it. I'm considering subscribing to Audible so I can buy the audio but everything in me rebels at the thought of paying a subscription. 😂 2y
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Still trudging through this one... It's not bad but I'm probably the least "grittiest" person I can think of. I tend to let go when things give me trouble but I'm reading this to maybe help with that...

IamIamIam This looks awesome! I found a quote on Pinterest that said some people are wired for struggle and it spoke to me deeply! Definitely going to have to check this out! 😄 2y
EchoLogical @IamIamIam Let me know what you think. 2y
EchoLogical @IamIamIam Just as a heads up, I struggled with this one for a couple more days and decided to try the audio and it's way better. 2y
IamIamIam @EchoLogical Thanks so much! I'll definitely take that into consideration! 2y
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nvhXesq
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When all your library holds come at the same time. Again.

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EchoLogical
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Crappy picture of a #currentread of mine. The lights in my house are horrible but I don't care enough to change them. #jingleshelves
@bookloo @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks good to me!!! 😊 thanks for posting 💕 2y
TheBookAddict I bought this book, because I heard Duckworth talk on one of my favorite podcasts (freakonomics). I just haven‘t had time to read it yet. Let us know what you think. 2y
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Kieu
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I highly recommend this book to entrepreneurs and new parents. If you would like your children to grow into healthy young adults, we need to teach them to have Grit.

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Molly_the_mezzo
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The reading I do for work is less purely fun, but still super fascinating! I love learning about learning!

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Krisjericho
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Somewhere between a pick and a so-so. I liked this idea that we rely too heavily on talent and not enough on hard work and effort and practice, but the book gets repetitive. There is value here, it just could have been a lot shorter.

LiteraryinLititz Does this even make sense? Mathematically, doesn't that mean that achievement is talent times effort squared? What does that mean? (edited) 2y
Krisjericho @LiteraryinLititz Actually, that is basically her premise. That talent is great, but it is really effort that develops true skill. She argues that we overvalue talent and undervalue what it actually takes to achieve. Thus, grit - working really hard at something for a long period of time to develop skill and then achieve. 2y
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Poetryfreak38
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I really enjoyed this audiobook. Great read for teachers and parents or anyone who wants to become grittier. Really great ideas.

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Poetryfreak38
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Starting this on audio today!! #grit #teacherlife

lauralovesbooks1 Listened to this one on a family car trip. I liked it, but it really resonated for my 18 year old son. He still talks about it and bought a glass art pendant with "Sisu" on it that he wears every day. 2y
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Hoopiefoot
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Did any other Littens follow the Western States 100 mile ultra this weekend? Couldn't help thinking about the grit of all the runners to persevere through tough conditions. This book is fascinating.

eanderson We had a couple of people from the running store we frequent that went! Those people are Superheroes! I'm a runner and love half marathons but that's it. 2y
Hoopiefoot @eanderson I hope to do an ultra someday but for now I'm happy to be running at all and am trying not to break myself (again 🤣). 2y
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TheApesOfWrath
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Another book I planned on reading before the baby came. This one was supposed to inspire me to be strong and persevere!

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TheBookAddict
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I hadn't gotten my mail from the office for a week and I was surprised with all of these goodies!!! So excited. My #BOTM books, #LibertysGiveaways, and my own endeavors were there! I heard about the book Grit and the research that was used from the #podcast Freakonomics and I need it in my life! 😊 🎶 I'm so happy 🎶 thanks so much @Liberty ! #BookHaul #Bookmail

britt_brooke Excellent! 👏🏻 3y
Megabooks 🎉🎉🎉📚 3y
andreadmw Nice!! 3y
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Ccapasso
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Interesting read for any educator!

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MyBookSwapClub
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How true is that :-) really good book so far :) have you read this book? What's yours take on it?

Sydsavvy I loved it. I have a lot of grit and never was sure how I got it. This book answered some questions and gave some insights on how to foster grit in others. I particularly love the parenting advice. 3y
pH7 I thought it provided valuable and poignant insight on how attitude/outlook effects responses to failure and resiliency. Also found some of the tips on identifying a "passion" useful. 3y
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Nerdy_chic
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Today's bus read... trying to summon my inner grit! 😁🤔How to achieve genius when you're not even one! LOL

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Alwayscoolwb
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Pursue and continue doing hard things. Train yourself