Ep. 6: Dr. Angela Duckworth – How to Find a Passion That Inspires Extraordinary Effort


Psychologist Angela Duckworth’s research on grit is challenging the widely held assumption that talent is the most important determinant of success. Angela defines grit as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals,” and has found that it’s closely related to achievement in a wide range of fields.

Angela summarized what her research has revealed in her book entitled Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Angela is forthcoming in her book—and in our discussion—about how her personal experiences have informed her understanding of grit.

In this episode we discuss how hard work is only half of the grit equation, and that finding one’s passion is just as important. We also explore how to go about finding your passion, which can be the most challenging part of building grit.

Grit is now available in paperback and can be purchased on Amazon (please note this is an affiliate link, meaning a percentage of the sale will support the Think Act Be podcast, at no additional expense to you):

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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela Lee Duckworth, PhD, is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit with a mission to advance the science and practice of character development.

Angela has given a TED Talk and is a MacArthur Fellow (better known as the “Genius Grant”). She has advised the World Bank, the White House, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, is a #1 New York Times best seller.

Learn more about Angela and her work and access free resources at her Character Lab website.

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