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  • Belfast Business Book Review: Book 1 "Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance"

Belfast Business Book Review: Book 1 "Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance"

David Meade and Laura Jackson, Partner at BDO Northern Ireland, run the rule over the latest book to offer sage-like advice to savvy business folk.

‘Why do some people succeed and others fail?’ asks psychologist Angela Duckworth in this New York Times bestseller. It’s a fair question as talent is not the only factor for guaranteeing success in any walk of life or career.

Reality TV has shown us that mediocrity can rise against the odds, while talent can flounder on impossible whims. But what is the elusive factor that separates winners from also-rans? Duckworth dissects outstanding achievement in different fields to find that a well-calibrated mix of passion and persistence goes a long way.

Describing this potent combination as ‘grit’, her formula for what we used to term ‘stickability’ is surprisingly consistent in her analysis of various peak performers showing that what really drives success is not “genius” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.

Duckworth offers an accessible walkthrough insights gleaned from dozens of high achievers—including JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. Don’t be put off by the academic overtures; this is a compelling and relevant read for anyone aspiring to improve.

David and Laura further discuss the book in this short video below. Let us know what you thought of the book and see just how gritty you are with Angela Duckworth's grittiness test here: