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Grit to Great: How Perseverance, Passion, and Pluck Take You from Ordinary to Extraordinary by Linda Kaplan Thaler & Robin Koval

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Do you ever find yourself struggling to achieve your goals? Do you feel like giving up when faced with setbacks and obstacles? Well, fear not, because I have summarised a book for you that will help you develop the grit and determination you need to succeed.  It’s all about the power of perseverance, passion, and pluck and how it can take you from being ordinary to extraordinary.

People with a high degree of grit are able to stay focused and motivated, no matter what obstacles or failures they face. It’s all about being a self-starter with initiative and resilience. Even if you have high IQ or talent, it’s grit and the determination to work harder than your peers that really helps you succeed.  In fact if you are naturally less talented but able to put in the work to learn a skill and keep doing this, in the long run you might become more of an expert.

When you’re asked to take on an unfamiliar task that you may not feel qualified for, it’s important to look for an aspect of the opportunity that resonates with your previous experience or with your interest in learning something new. Think about how your strengths might be an asset, instead of automatically questioning whether you can do the job before you even have it. And remember, if they asked you to do it, they already believe you can.

Going the extra mile is important. Devoting an extra half-hour each day to something, whether it’s a goal, a skill, or a job, can make a huge difference in the long run. It’s all about finding the time of day when you’re most productive and really applying yourself to whatever it is you want to achieve. A half-hour each day adds up to 180 hours of extra practice a year!

It is all about grit: the guts, resilience, initiative, and tenacity to persevere in the face of setbacks, even when your dreams and goals seem out of reach.  That unquenchable passion and endless zeal that gives you the grit to keep going despite the odds. 

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