Grit to Great

How Perseverance, Passion, and Pluck Take You from Ordinary to Extraordinary (2015.9)


关于本书 About the book

In Grit to Great, Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval tackle a topic that is close to their hearts, one that they feel is the real secret to their own success in their careers--and in the careers of so many people they know and have met. And that is the incredible power of grit, perseverance, perspiration, determination, and sheer stick-to-it-tiveness.

We are all dazzled by the notion that there are some people who get ahead, who reach the corner office because they are simply gifted, or well-connected, or both. But research shows that we far overvalue talent and intellectual ability in our culture. The fact is, so many people get ahead--even the gifted ones--because they worked incredibly hard, put in the thousands of hours of practice and extra sweat equity, and made their own luck. And Linda and Robin should know--they are two girls from the Bronx who had no special advantages or privileges and rose up through their own hard work and relentless drive to succeed to the top of their highly competitive profession.

本书金句 Key insights

● Plenty of talented people have the potential for greatness, but realize from a young age that they can get by on their talent without hard work. On the other hand, less-talented people strive for success and self-improvement.

● If you do fall short, grit will help you embrace and learn from rejection.

● It’s essential that as you age, you keep your motivation up and never settle. Instead, make productive use of your time by planning every year.

● People with grit aren’t successful because they fear failure, but because they see what they stand to gain by accomplishing their goals.

● Helping other people can lead you to do things you wouldn’t have thought possible, but it also helps you build character and meet new people. That’s because helping others will give you a deeper connection to your own emotions and personality.